A statue of the late music legend Little Richard will be installed outside of his childhood home in Macon, Georgia.
Little Richard, whose real name is Richard Wayne Penniman, died earlier this month at 87 years old.
According to The Little Richard House Resource Center, the statue is expected to be installed by December 5 – what would have been his 88th birthday.
The statue and a replica of the singer’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star will be funded by the Friends of the Little Richard House and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.
Rep. James Beverly said the fund will also support organizations that provide music education to low-income students across Georgia.
During the Zoom board meeting where plans for the statue were announced, a member read a proclamation from Macon Mayor Robert Reichert stating December 5 will now be “Little Richard Penniman Day.”
“Little Richard’s contribution to music as a whole, to all the genres of music, was monumental and very instrumental in a lot of people’s careers,” said board member Antonio Williams.