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Louis Armstrong Statue Unveiling - July 4, 2000
at Algiers Ferry Landing to Celebrate Armstrong Centennial
NEW ORLEANS (June 30, 2000)--The Louisiana Music Commission (LMC), in conjunction with New Orleans Jazz Centennial Celebration (NOJCC) announced that on July 4 at 8 pm a statue of Louis Armstrong will be unveiled. The statue is to be erected at the beginning of the recently installed Jazz Walk of Fame pedestrian promenade that runs from the Algiers Ferry Landing to Mardi Gras World.
The Armstrong statue was constructed, pro bono, by Kern Artists. Blaine Kern will be on hand for the unveiling. Other dignitaries will also be on hand for the event which will precede the annual Go 4th on the River fireworks display. The unveiling ceremony will be conducted with a degree of pomp and circumstance. Kern Artists will be providing lighting and a drape for the statue.
"July 4 marks the 100th birthday of the most famous Louisiana musician in history," said LMC Chairman Ellis Marsalis. "The world will celebrate this occasion. This statue is but a token of our appreciation for the enormous impact of a man many consider to be greatest musician of all time."
Also to be announced at the ceremony is that the Orleans Levee Board recently passed a resolution renaming the ferry landings. The Canal Street landing is now the Louis Armstrong Wharf and the Algiers Landing is named for Henry “Red” Allen, an Algerian who was a contemporary of Armstrong and who also spread New Orleans jazz to the world.
The Jazz Walk of Fame will ultimately honor more than 60 jazz artists and families. It will feature interactive French Quarter-style lamp posts at which visitors will be able to hear a narration with music on the life of the honorees. The walk has been constructed and the first interactive stations are expected to be installed within the next several months.
The Louisiana Music Commission is a state agency working to promote and develop the Louisiana music industry. New Orleans Jazz Centennial Celebration is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving jazz resources. Both the LMC and NOJCC were instrumental in causing the US Postal Service to issue the Louis Armstrong stamp in New Orleans in September 1995. July 4, 2000 marks the beginning of a world wide celebration of the centennial of Armstrong’s birth.
Because of the holiday, the LMC offices will not be open on Monday, July 3, so press inquiries will not be returned until July 5.
What: Armstrong Statue Unveiling
Where: Algiers Ferry Landing
When: 8 PM Tuesday July 4