W. C. Handy Home

William Christopher Handy was born in a small log cabin in Florence, Alabama, on November 16, 1873. Handy became famous for his blue compositions such as “Memphis Blues” & “St. Louis Blues.” He was a musician, conductor, and author.

The museum houses a collection of memorabilia, musical instruments, personal papers, and original sheet music. His famous trumpet and personal piano are just a few of the items on display.

Handy died in New York in 1958. His hometown, Florence, honors him with a week-long W. C. Handy Music Festival every July.

620 W. College St.
Florence, AL 35630



Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 4pm (closed Sunday and Monday)

Admission charged

251 Loop Rd, Tuscumbia, AL 35674