Haney's Big House

Haney's Big House (HM291E)

Location: Ferriday, LA 71334 Concordia Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 37.838', W 91° 33.082'

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(July 2, 1895 - February 12, 1972)

Will Haney, a World War I vet, was one of Ferriday's leading African-American businessmen who made his living selling insurance, managing rental property and operating a laundry and hotel. But he is nationally known for his famous cafe and nightclub, Haney's Big House, which operated at its peak from 1940 through 1966. A stopping point on the Chittlin' Circuit, Haney's attracted young entertainers such as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Solomon Burke, Redd Foxx, MomsMabley, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas and others. Crowds were often so large they spilled into the street. During his youth, Ferriday's Jerry Lee Lewis stood at the back door with trombonist Pee Wee Whittaker to listen to the rhythm and blues. Lewis told Billboard magazine in 1858 that after listening for a while, he'd "run home and try to play the same same kind of great blues music."
HM NumberHM291E
Placed ByFerriday Louisiana
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Date Added Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 637383 N 3500406
Decimal Degrees31.63063333, -91.55136667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 37.838', W 91° 33.082'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 37' 50.28" N, 91° 33' 4.92" 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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