W. C. Handy Park

Overview and amenities for W. C. Handy Park

W.C. Handy Park sign
W.C. Handy Park sign by Mark Groth

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.


Ordinance Year: 1941

Size: 11.96 acres

Park Type: City Park

Maintained By:
Parks Division

Related Neighborhoods
Kingsway East

Related Wards
Ward 12

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