Leon "Pee Wee" Whittaker

Leon "Pee Wee" Whittaker (HM2935)

Location: Ferriday, LA 71334 Concordia Parish
Country: United States of America

N 31° 37.838', W 91° 33.078'

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Trombonist (1906-1993)

Leon "Pee Wee" Whittaker
was born circa 1906. He was raised mostly by his mother, Kizzie who could play
"most anything" remembered Pee Wee. Mrs. Whittaker took Pee Wee on tour with her band until he was old
enough to go to school.
Pee Wee lived with his maternal grandfather, who played the violin, during the academic year. He studied with
Professor Smith who would visit from Alcorn College in Mississippi. His instruction included reading music
and playing various instruments such as the clarinet, trombone, guitar, string bass
and mandolin. When
he finished school, Pee Wee joined his family's band, playing the mandolin. He along with a friend and
school mate of his (Louis Jordan) would sometimes play in F.S. Wolcott's Rabbit's Foot Minstrels touring up
and down the Mississippi River. He played in the band for nearly fifteen years. In the early 1950's, he settled
in El Dorado, Arkansas then in 1954, Pee Wee moved to Ferriday, Louisiana. After years of travel including
Michigan, Canada and England Pee Wee grew tired of the road and
went home to Ferriday. He retired around 1963 and was inducted into
the Hall of Master Folk Artists in 1982 and inducted into the Delta Music
Museum and Hall of Fame in Ferriday, Louisiana in March, 2002.
Pee Wee Whittaker passed away at the age of 87.
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HM NumberHM2935
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Placed ByCity of Ferriday
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Date Added Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 7:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 637389 N 3500406
Decimal Degrees31.63063333, -91.55130000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 37.838', W 91° 33.078'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 37' 50.28" N, 91° 33' 4.6800000000002" W
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Area Code(s)318
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Greathouse St, Ferriday LA 71334, US
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