FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - The Mississippi Blues Trail has expanded into northwest Alabama, celebrating the "Father of the Blues", W.C. Handy.
Handy's grandson, Dr. Carlos Handy, spent Thursday afternoon in Florence for the unveiling of the new historical marker outside W.C. Handy's birthplace. Handy was born in Florence in 1873. Every year the city honors his legacy through a 10 day music festival known as "HandyFest."
Handy died in New York City in 1958. Handy's contributions to the blues have also been commemorated with Mississippi markers in Tutwiler, Clarksdale and Cleveland.