Hillsborough (North Carolina), USA – A full week post-Katrina, Little Freddie King’s name finally posted on the Red Cross Survivor’s List. The 65-year-old blues musician, presumed dead, and last seen in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, was alive.
“Bluesman Missing” was the headline of an article posted earlier that week by Noah Adams on National Public Radio’s website — an article hoping to help locate Little Freddie King. But by Wednesday, with still no word from Freddie, most assumed he was either too injured to talk or had drowned or had died in one way or another. Aid to Little Freddie King — who like so many are thankfully alive but without a home — will come through the New Orleans Musicians Fund, established by the 501C-3 (established in 1994) Music Maker Relief Foundation, run by Tim and Denise Duffy.
Music Maker Relief Foundation has been lauded by press internationally for preserving the roots of American music. In a segment on ABC Nightly News (profiling Tim Duffy as Person of the Week), Little Freddie King was seen by viewers across America, playing at a juke joint during Jazz Fest, then riding his bicycle on Lafayette Street, in his neighborhoodknown as the 9th Ward — now underwater.
A year from Freddie’s appearance on ABC News: Music Maker Relief Foundation is taking calls and e-mails from around the world from people interested in donating money and instruments to help the long lists of musicians like Freddie.
Those who want to direct their funds toward the music community — help with
emergency aid and also preservation of culture — should visit
www.musicmaker.org or call 919.643.2456 for more information about the New Orleans Musicians Fund.
Links to relief organizations:
acorn.org, Hurricane Recovery and Rebuilding Fund (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now).
New Orleans Musicians Clinic (NOMC). Send donations to NOMC Emergency Fund.
Funds will be distributed by:
gbgm-umc.org/umcor, United Methodist Committee
national.unitedway.org, United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund.