Portrait Of Louis Armstrong With Mother And Sister, 1918.
Portrait Of Louis Armstrong With Mother And Sister, 1918.
Frank Driggs Collection/Contributor - Source
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Louis Armstrong marries Daisy Parker

On March 19, 1918, Louis married Daisy Parker from Gretna, Louisiana. They adopted a 3-year-old boy, Clarence Armstrong, whose mother, Louis's cousin Flora, died soon after giving birth. Clarence Armstrong was mentally disabled (the result of a head injury at an early age) and Louis would spend the rest of his life taking care of him. Louis's marriage to Parker failed quickly and they separated. She died shortly after the divorce.

In 1918, Mr. Armstrong married a 21-year-old prostitute named Daisy Parker. Since Daisy "wouldn't give up her line of work," Mr. Armstrong said, the marriage was both stormy and short- lived.

In 1918, he married Daisy Parker, a prostitute from Gretna, Louisiana