“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New Iberia in Iberia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

William G. “Bunk” Johnson

William G. "Bunk" Johnson Marker image. Click for full size.
October 7, 2016
1. William G. "Bunk" Johnson Marker
Inscription. Everyone's heard of Louis Armstrong, the most famous New Orleans jazz trumpeter, but few know the music that inspired Armstrong came from William "Bunk" Johnson in the 1910s. Thirty years later, Armstrong and other jazz enthusiasts lifted "Bunk" Johnson from rice and sugarcane fields by day, and small town "Banner Band" by night, to international recognition for the New Orleans Jazz Revival. Bunk was laid to rest in 1949,but his influence on jazz lovers refuses to die. (Source: Austin M. Sonnier Jr., 1989, Second Linin': Jazzmen of Southwest LA., 1900-1950)

Visit the Bunk Johnson Jazz Collection Exhibit at the Iberia Parish Library and indulge in a compilation of the talented jazz trumpeter's memorabilia including books, periodicals, audiotapes, videotapes, documents, photographs and his instruments. Visit his grave at St. Edward Catholic Church Cemetery, as well as the Memorial Plaza and mural. Attend the Bunk Johnson Jazz, Arts & Heritage Festival, held annually in May.
Erected by Iberia Parish.
Location. 30° 0.319′ N, 91° 49.058′ W. Marker is in New Iberia, Louisiana, in Iberia Parish. Marker is on East Main Street (State Highway 182) near Bridge Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map
William G. "Bunk" Johnson Marker image. Click for full size.
October 7, 2016
2. William G. "Bunk" Johnson Marker
. Marker is in this post office area: New Iberia LA 70563, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dreyfus Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Segura - Labourgeois Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Steamboat Era (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Murray Building (about 300 feet away); The United States Post Office - Circa 1903 (about 600 feet away); Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Bouligny (about 600 feet away); Mt. Carmel Academy (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Iberia.
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2016. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2016. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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