Historic Markers Across Alabama

Funeral for Hank Williams

Marker ID: ABT 
Location: At the City Auditorium on N Perry St., Montgomery, AL.
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 22.737    W 086° 18.447
  32.37895    -86.30745
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMCZ02


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.

Eected 2007 by Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel

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