On Monday, the city of St. Louis submitted plans to turn Chuck Berry’s childhood home into a museum to honor the rock and roll legend. And we’ve already booked our flights…
The house, which lies at 3137 Whittier Street in the north of St. Louis, was the one-time home of musician Chuck Berry. It’s been reported that Berry lived there for eight years during the ‘50s, and was where he wrote some of his biggest hits. It’s said that “Johnny B.Goode,” “Maybelline,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” and “Roll Over Beethoven” were all written within the walls of the house.
The rock and roll veteran passed away in March this year, aged 90, and these new plans would solidify the city’s idea to honor the late and great with his own ‘Chuck Berry Cultural District’ in an effort to celebrate his African-American heritage. And we love the idea.
But Berry wasn’t the only legend to walk the streets of St. Louis. The likes of Tina Turner, Josephine Baker, Dick Gregory and Arthur Ashe also lived in this area, during a time where black people were only allowed to own property in certain streets and blocks of St. Louis.
Berry’s red brick property was taken over by the city in 2010 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and it’s said the new museum will honor his life, but also “catalyze housing investment and foster connections to our City’s cultural and music heritage.”
So far it’s not clear what the museum will consist of, as the developers have until July 10 to submit their plans to the city. We’ll keep our eyes peeled.
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