St. Louis to turn Chuck Berry’s one time home into mu­seum

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/Entertainment -

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.

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