William Walker / Clara Smith

William Walker / Clara Smith (HMRMC)

Location: Spartanburg, SC 29306 Spartanburg County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 56.95', W 81° 55.983'

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William Walker
1809-1875
William ("Singing Billy") Walker, perhaps South Carolina's most famous musician of his day, was a singing school teacher, composer, and collector of folksongs.

He published four shape-note tunebooks, bringing musical literacy to isolated churches across the country. His popular "Southern Harmony" (1835) was the first to include "Amazing Grace" with its familiar tune. Walker's bookstore was located near this site.

Clara Smith
1894-1935
Clara Smith was one of the best-known female bluses singers of the 1920s. Born and raised in Spartanburg, she found early success in vaudville, and later in Harlem.

Smith was billed as the "Queen of the Moaners," and recorded some 122 songs for Columbia Records, working for the likes of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and Lonnie Johnson.
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Year Placed2011
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 1:23pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 414803 N 3867803
Decimal Degrees34.94916667, -81.93305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 56.95', W 81° 55.983'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 56' 57.00" N, 81° 55' 58.98" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 Wall St, Spartanburg SC 29306, US
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