Jazz legend Louis Armstrong’s “second home” among property destroyed by Hurricane Ida
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
Hurricane Ida continues to wreak destruction and devastation in its wake as the people of New Orleans and Mississippi realize how much they have lost.
A viral social media video captured Ida destroying the store at 427 South Rampart Street in New Orleans.
Armstrong grew up near the store and, at the age of 12, was known to frequent the place owned by the Karnofsky family, who offered him a job.
According to cultural heritage radio WWOZ, Karnofsky Tailor Shop and Residence were located along a stretch of road populated mostly by immigrant-owned businesses that catered to a black clientele.
The National Park Service website noted that “The Karnofsky store was, from 1913, the store, with residence above, of the Jewish family who provided a second home for young Louis Armstrong. “
The site administrator continued:
“He worked for the Karnofskies on their coal and scrap wagons, wielding ‘a little pewter horn’ and ate meals with the family, either in their old house on Girod Street, or here, or maybe both. “
NPS historians said the Karnofsky’s loaned Armstrong money for his first cornet.
“Morris Karnofsky, Armstrong’s family son and childhood friend, opened the city’s first jazz record store, Morris Music. Located at various addresses on South Rampart Street over the years, it was a meeting place for musicians. Armstrong visited his friend and his musician buddies at the store on his many trips back to town.
Torrential rains from Hurricane Ida totaled more than a foot in some areas and caused a highway in Mississippi to collapse, killing people, Accuweather reported.
As of Tuesday afternoon, more than a million people were still without electricity and the death toll had risen as an elderly man was killed by an alligator hidden in the flood waters.
“AccuWeather forecasters are urging people to avoid camping along small streams and avoid attempting to drive on flooded roads“said Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.” It could be a life-saving measure to find alternative routes and avoid areas prone to flooding in the event of heavy rain, such as underpasses and low roads on the along small streams There is also a risk of leaching roads, mudslides and landslides.