W. C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library

“Where the Tennessee River, like a silver snake, winds her way through the clay hills of Alabama, sits high on these hills, my home town, 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 birdcalls 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.

You can take a virtual tour of the W.C. Handy Home and Museum right here.
Admission Charged
Open Tuesday-Saturday-10 AM-4 PM

Address: 620 West College Street, Florence, Alabama
Phone: 256-760-6434
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