Little Richard to be buried at historically black college

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard will be buried in a private funeral at Oakwood University, a historically black university in Huntsville, Alabama

ByKRISTIN M. HALL AP Entertainment Writer
May 15, 2020, 6:08 PM
LITTLE RICHARD
FILE - This 1966 file photo shows Little Richard. Tthe self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, has died Saturday, May 9, 2020.(AP Photo, File)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard will be buried at Oakwood University, a historically black university in Huntsville, Alabama.

Gerald Kibble, director of Oakwood Memorial Gardens, said the private funeral will be held Wednesday and will not be open to the public.

Little Richard's close friend Pastor Bill Minson said the singer was an alumnus of the university. Little Richard died Saturday at the age of 87 in Tennessee due to bone cancer.

The cemetery is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist university.

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