The late Little Richard is being honored with a statue outside of his childhood home in Macon, Georgia. In addition, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert declared that Dec. 5, the legend's birthday, will be "Little Richard Penniman Day.”
The musician passed away at the age of 87 on May 9, 2020 after a battle with bone cancer.
News of the statue and "Little Richard Penniman Day” were announced during a Zoom meeting hosted by the Little Richard House Resource Center.
Friends of the Little Richard House and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia have created a fund that will be used to pay for the statue as well as a replica of Little Richard's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The fund will also support organizations that provide music education to low to moderate-income students across Bibb County and Middle Georgia.
The statue is expected to be finished by Dec. 5, which would have been Little Richard's 88th birthday.
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Article image: Trade ad for Little Richard featured in the July 1, 1967 issue of Billboard. (Okeh Records [Available through Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons.)