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Day Trippin’: W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum and Library

W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum and Library

Are you interested in the history of Blues music?  If so, add this museum to your bucket list!  Are you a fan of old log cabins? If so, add this museum to your bucket list!  Do you live near Florence, AL?  If so, go soon!  The museum is open year round from Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM and there is only a  $2 admission fee.

Handy. W.C. Handy, was born in the log cabin that currently houses his museum and library. He was born a musical genius in 1873 and had an illustrious musical career as  he was known as the “Father of the Blues”. The log cabin was built by his grandfather, William Wise Handy, who was an African Methodist Episcopal minster after emancipation.  It was important to W.C. Handy that the cabin remain in Florence and be turned into a museum after his death. Later, the cabin was moved from its original location to the current location after the original location was thought to be developed.

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The first room contains  family photographs, awards he received, a few of his famous musical instruments such as a piano and letters he received from heads of state and other notable people on display.

Memphis Blues score is displayed on the right side. It was the first ballad W.C. Handy wrote and what some credit with being the first blues ballad in history.


The second room contains the Deagan Organ that belonged to Mr. Handy.  It is unique because this is one of only three originals still known to exist today. Everyone is our group was encouraged to play the organ to get an idea how it sounded when played live. P1070287


After touring the museum and library, we toured the two room original cabin.  The cabin consists of a dining room and a bedroom. The tour guide told our group that most of the items in the rooms were donated, not original to the family.  However, all the items on display are items that fit the time period.

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Looking for something to do at the end of July?  More specifically, interested in going to a music festival in July?  If so, you’re in luck because the W.C. Handy Blues Festival is held annually in Florence, AL in July.  This year it will be held July 17-25.  Here’s the link to the W.C. Handy Festival:

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