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Gospel guitarist Willie Eason posing with his lap steel guitar in Florida.
Series 1603, Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs Florida Folklife Archive Florida Folk Heritage Award winners' files, 1985-1995 ; Box 5, FF1
African American entertainers--Portraits
African American country musicians--Portraits
African American musicians--Portraits
Stringed instrument players--Portraits
Plucked instrument players--Portraits
African American guitarists--Portraits
Born in the LaCrosse community of Schley County, Georgia in 1921 or 1922. His family moved to Philadelphia, PA before he was a year old. In Philadelphia Willie took up the steel guitar and played it in the House of God, Keith Dominion church his family attended. By 1940, he began to travel the eastern US from New York to Miami to play for revivals, church meetings, and later, on street corners. Between the 1940s and 1960s Eason often worked in Florida, but he and his family did not move permanently to St. Petersburg until 1986. Eason won the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1995. He later passed away on June 16, 2005.
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Gospel guitarist Willie Eason posing with his lap steel guitar in Florida. 2005 (circa). State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/272678>, accessed 28 November 2023.
Gospel guitarist Willie Eason posing with his lap steel guitar in Florida. 2005 (circa). State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/272678>