Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Dizzy Gillsepie Childhood Home

Marker ID: SCHM 13-6
Location: Corner of Kershaw and Huger streets, Cheraw, SC
County: Chesterfield
Coordinates: N 34° 41.931    W 079° 53.577
  34.69885    -79.89295
Style: Free Standing **


John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was born about ´/4 mi. northwest on Oct. 21, 1917. The Gillespie family lived here until moving to Philadelphia in 1935. A trumpet player and entertainer, Gillespie was one of the founders of modem jazz. Known for his humor, bent horn and bulging cheeks, Gillespie was invited to

the White House by eight presidents and became a global ambassador for the US State Department. He was honored by Kennedy Center for his contributions to the performing arts and received the National Medal of the Arts award in 1990, the highest prize that can be awarded to an American artist. He died January 6,1993.

Erected by The Town of Cheraw - 1994


More information:
Wikipedia - John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie
Christian History - Dizzy Gillespie All Stars - Official Website