Louis Armstrong in his tour bus at the Phoenix Hotel

Louis Armstrong in his tour bus at the Phoenix Hotel

    Pictured in the doorway of his tour bus, Louis Armstron came to Lexington to perform at the Phoenix Hotel in December 1961. After arriving in Lexington, he discovered that the hotel barred blacks from entering. The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was demonstrating in front of the hotel. Armstrong did not want to cross the picket line but was afraid that he would be sued if he did not perform.


  • 1961 December


  • McCann, Calvert C.


  • English


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