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W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum and Library

W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum and Library

Florence

W.C. Handy The Father of the Blues, William Christopher Handy, was born in Florence in 1873 in a simple cabin that today houses a large collection of his personal papers, memorabilia and artifacts. Born with a natural musical bent-as a boy he visualized bird calls as notes on a scale. Handy went on to compose such well-known blues jewels as St. Louis Blues, Beale Street Blues, and Memphis Blues. Feel the blues down to your toes standing next to the very piano that shook with St. Louis Blues for the first time; see his hand-written sheets of music-originals of many of his tunes.

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W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum and Library

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  • 620 West College Street
  • Florence, AL 35630

Region

Florence is located in the The Shoals Area of the North Alabama Region

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Hours of Operation

Open Tues.-Sat., 10-4
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