RAY CHARLES CHILDHOOD HOME
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Coinseekers
N 30° 27.886 W 083° 38.343
17R E 246620 N 3373247
Quick Description: Located on Ray Charles Road formerly(Western Ave)Greenville,Fla.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 9/25/2009 7:30:47 AM
Waymark Code: WM79XR
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member paintfiction
Views: 14

Long Description:
This house is a reconstruction of the home where musician Ray Charles (1930-2004) lived with his mother, Aretha Williams, and adopted grandmother, Margaret "Muh" Robinson. Shortly after his birth in 1930 until about the age of five. "RC," as Ray was known by his friends, recieved his first piano instruction from Wiley Pitman, owner of the nearby Red Wing Cafe. Ray and his mother later moved into a small house behind the cafe. At age seven, Ray's sight failed and he was sent to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augestine. The modest wood frame vernacular house he grew up in was probably constructed in the 1920s. It had no electricity or indoor plumbing. Meals were prepared on a wood-burning stove. A fireplace in one of the four small rooms provided warmth, and open windows and doors allowed breezes to cool the house. Because of advanced deterioration, the abandoned house was scheduled for demolition. In 2006, the Town of Greenville purchased the structure to preserve the memory of Ray Charles. With a grant for the Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation, the Town completed the reconstruction of the house in 2008.
Marker Number: F-651

Date: 2008

County: Madison

Marker Type: Roadside

Sponsored or placed by: The Town of Greenville and the Florida Department of State

Website: Not listed

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