Ferriday in Concordia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Haney's Big House
(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 1958 that after listening for a while, he'd "run home and try to play the same same kind of great blues music."
Erected by Ferriday Louisiana.
Location. 31° 37.838′ N, 91° 33.082′ W. Marker is in Ferriday, Louisiana, in Concordia Parish. Marker is at the intersection of North 1st Street and Greathouse Street, on the right when traveling north on North 1st Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ferriday LA 71334, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this Leon "Pee Wee" Whittaker (here, next to this marker); Mickey Gilley (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jerry Lee Lewis (about 700 feet away); Jimmy Lee Swaggart (about 700 feet away); The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Louisiana (approx. 0.2 miles away); DePrato Mounds (approx. 1½ miles away); Elkhorn Plantation Mound (approx. 6.9 miles away); Veterans of Lake St. John (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ferriday.
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2018.