Ferriday in Concordia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Leon “Pee Wee” Whittaker
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.
Location. 31° 37.838′ N, 91° 33.078′ 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 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Haney's Big House (here, next to this marker); Frank Morris (within shouting distance of this marker); Mickey Gilley (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jerry Lee Lewis (about 800 feet away); Jimmy Lee Swaggart (about 800 feet away); The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Louisiana (approx. 0.2 miles away); DePrato Mounds (approx. 1˝ miles away); Elkhorn Plantation Mound (approx. 6.9 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 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 5, 2018.