William Christopher Handy was born in 1873 in Florence, Alabama. Since 1982, the Music Preservation Society, Inc. has been honoring and celebrating the "Father of the Blues" with an annual ten-day series of events held in the Northwestern part of Alabama, often referred to as "The Shoals."
In 2019 the Music Preservation Society, Inc. ("MPS") proudly presents the 39th award-winning W. C. Handy Music Festival which has been recognized as:
The Alabama Department of Tourism Top 10 Event Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for July, August, September Geo-tourism Map Guide to Appalachia Featured Site Top 100 American Bus Association Event in North America
Watch the website for a list of Festival Events. http://www.wchandymusicfestival.org