Country singer donates items to Dallas museum

October 11, 2012 by  

Items which have been donated by Charley Pride are soon to be a part of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open in 2015. A reception was recently held in Dallas, the hometown of Pride, to celebrate the donation of items from the country music legend.

Pride has donated items from his life, which include a male vocalist award dated 1971, a pair of his boots, and a guitar. The curator of performing arts and music at the museum, Dwan Reece, points out that although Pride was the first black singer to rise to fame singing country music, he was playing music that he loved and represented his childhood. Pride acknowledged that it was going to be difficult to give away some of the items, but he was pleased that he would be able to go and see them in the museum.

According to Reece, the story of Charley Pride is an important part of establishing that all types of music play a part in the history of African-Americans. Local brochure printing services will probably be used to promote the event and catalog some of the items donated by Pride.

Other items in the exhibition will represent the lives of Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, and Louis Armstrong. Pride became famous during the 1960s and, at the age of 78, is still touring. In November this year, he will be appearing in the UK following concerts in Ireland later this month.