Dedicated W. C. Handy Park on June 22, 1960 in honor of William Christopher Handy (1873 1958), the world renowned composer of the "St. Louis Blues" who was born in Florence, Alabama.
W.C. Handy spent time in St. Louis around 1893; enough time to inspire one of his best known works: "St. Louis Blues", one of the first blues songs to succeed as a pop song. The song was published in 1914 by Handy's own company. The song gained so much popularity that it inspired the dance step the Foxtrot.