WC Handy was born in Florence in 1873. Handy became internationally known as the "Father of the Blues" and his songs include "Memphis Blues", "Beale Street Blues", and "St. Louis Blues". The log cabin in which Handy was born has been moved to 620 West College St., restored, and turned into a museum.
Ashley Pentecost, University of North Alabama
McDonald, Elizabeth. "History of Florence City Schools." Florence, AL: self-published.
Alabama Cultural Resource Survey