Chuck Berry - Chuck Berry Statue Approved Despite Local Outcry
A larger-than-life statue of Chuck Berry, which caused a storm of opposition from locals in the legend's hometown, has been approved by officials.
A group of activists attempted to halt the planned installation of the memorial outside the Blueberry Hill venue in St. Louis, Missouri next month (Jul11), forcing local authorities to consider scrapping the idea.
A meeting was held in the town on Monday (27Jun11), and, despite having more than 100 signatures on a petition against the move, officials at the University City Council rejected the pleas and approved the tribute.
The installation, which will stand eight-feet (2.4 metres) tall and depicts a young Berry playing his guitar, will be installed later this month (Jun11) and will be officially opened on 29 July (11).
The initial outcry from residents stemmed from the Johnny B. Goode singer's time behind bars for his 1962 conviction for illegally transporting a teenage native American prostitute across state lines so she could work at his nightclub, Berry's Bandstand.