Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Montgomery City Hall / Funeral for Hank Williams
Following a fire in 1932 that destroyed a 19th century City Hall, architect Frank Lockwood designed a replacement for the same site. With the Depression affecting all construction projects during the period, the city received federal assistance through the Works Progress Administration. Completed in 1937, the City Hall included offices for city officials and an auditorium to accommodate large crowds for public programs, debutante balls and social gatherings. Stylistically, the building's exterior and Mayor's offices reflect Neo-Classical influences with highly decorative detailing in the grand entrance to the auditorium.
The death of songwriter and singer Hank Williams on Jan. 1, 1953, stunned his legion of devoted fans. On Sunday, Jan. 4, family members viewed the body at his mother's boarding house at 217 McDonough Street. The casket was then brought four blocks to the Municipal Auditorium. Some 2,750 mourners crowded inside for the service while another 20,000 stood vigil outside in the cold. Many of country music's headliners, including the reunited Drifting Cowboys, sang at the funeral. In 1991, Hank Williams, Jr., commissioned Texas sculptors Doug and Sandra McDonald to create the life-sized statue of his father that faces the auditorium.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
Location. 32° 22.728′ N, 86° 18.445′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of North Perry Street and Monroe Street, on the left when traveling south on North Perry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 North Perry Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Montgomery Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); The Montgomery Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); Bernard Whitehurst and the Whitehurst Case / Montgomery: Learning From the Past (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elijah Cook / City of Montgomery v. Rosa Parks (about 300 feet away); Montgomery's Slave Depots/Montgomery's Slave Traders (about 400 feet away); St. John's Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away); Chrisí Hot Dogs (about 600 feet away); The Lightning Route / Central Bank Building (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
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