James Brown Statue Finally Unveiled

In 2003 Augusta, GA, appropriated $40,000 to erect a life-size bronze statue of its famous son, James Brown, 72, the "Godfather of Soul." The statue was to be unveiled early in 2004, coinciding with a music festival named in Brown's honor. Then, in January 2004, James Brown was thrown into prison after reportedly pushing his wife to the floor and threatening her with a chair. Augusta quietly renamed the music festival and put the statue in storage. Providentially, May 3 of this year was James Brown's 70th -- or perhaps 75th -- birthday. Understanding America's short attention span, Augusta dragged the statue back outside to Broad Street and dedicated it, with its once-again famous son James Brown in attendance (along with his former road manager, the Rev. Al Sharpton), to much publicity and zero complaints.

850 Broad St., Augusta, GA
The statue stands in the median of Hwy 28/Broad St., between 8th and 9th Sts.
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