St. Louis to turn Chuck Berry’s one time home into museum
St. Louis is planning to convert Chuck Berry’s one-time home into a museum and to create a cultural district around it honouring the rock ‘n’ roll legend and other prominent African-Americans who have lived in that part of the city. The city on Monday solicited bids for the project. It will be centred around the north St. Louis home where Berry lived for eight years in the 1950s.
During that time, he wrote many of his biggest hits, including “Maybelline,’’ ‘’Roll Over Beethoven,” ‘’Sweet Little Sixteen” and ‘’Johnny B. Goode.” The museum would anchor a “Chuck Berry Cultural District,’’ to honour Berry, who died in March at age 90, and the area’s AfricanAmerican heritage.
“The Greater Ville’’ neighbourhood was among the few areas where blacks could own property in the early to mid-1950s. It was home to many other famous African-Americans, including singers Josephine Baker and Tina Turner, comedian Dick Gregory and tennis star Arthur Ashe.