Hurricane Ida has destroyed the Karnofsky Tailor Shop in New Orleans which is where Louis Armstrong first played and has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As a young boy, Armstrong was raised in extreme poverty. He didn’t have shoes on his feet, let alone toys to play with. He was raised by his grandmother, and by seven years old, he was working the streets, tirelessly trying to assist financially while his grandmother maintained the vital importance of schooling and the church.
As tough and as tragic as that might sound, it is not a despairing tale, not to be glib and downplay the hardship, but nothing is all that despairing when Armstrong is around and that is because of the solace that he found in music.
Armstrong is one of the lucky few who heard the mythologised father of jazz: Buddy Bolden, who also reported played the famed space that has now sadly been destroyed. You can read more about Louis Armstrong’s experiences in New Orleans here.
Chief Meteorologist at WKRG, Ed Bloodsworth, shared shocking footage of the rubble that the Hurricane has now sadly reduced the music shop to.
The operators of Armstrong’s Queens NYC home which is now a National Historic Landmark open to the public also responded to the news: “Heartbreaking news out of New Orleans. Hope all our friends down there are safe.”
Environmental charity Greenpeace is stating that the Hurricane is tragic proof that so much more needs to be done about climate change.