Louis Armstrong – Portraits

Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 4, 1901.

He was raised by his mother Mayann in a neighborhood so dangerous it was called “The Battlefield.” He only had a fifth-grade education, dropping out of school early to go to work. An early job working for the Jewish Karnofsky family allowed Armstrong to make enough money to purchase his first cornet. (https://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/biography/)