The sign in front of the Ray Charles Childhood Home is a cheery WELCOME to visitors on Day 1 of tours. (Photo by:Justina A. Cone)
Visiting the RAY CHARLES CHILDHOOD HOME recently were:
JAMI DANIELS, Miss Emerald Coast USA, with Mayor Pritchett,
MORGAN MOUNT, Miss NW Florida, BRANDI PURVIS and ROBIN MOUNT. The group was a delight!
The PLATT FAMILY of Tallahassee, FL. Sharon, Ako and Samuel Platt were the first visitors to tour the Ray Charles Childhood Home on May 15th during the first Saturday tour day. (Photo by: Justina A. Cone)
VOLUNTEERS were on hand to greet visitors during the first day of tours at the Ray Charles Childhood Home.
(Back L-R): Justina Cone, Trish Hinton, Debe Scott
(Front L-R): Juanita Cone, Mayor Elesta Pritchett with visitor Lorata Franklin who is a former educator from Greenville Middle School. (Photo by: Justina A. Cone)
Virginia Johnson (in the middle), formerly from the Greenville community, lived just a few doors down from the Ray Charles Childhood Home. She knew Ray Charles and his mother and stopped in with her two daughters (Evelyn Walker and Marian Nelson) for a tour. Mrs. Johnson delighted volunteers with her stories and her modeling of the sun bonnet and apron. (Photo courtesy of Justina A. Cone)
Two of the day's first visitors were Myra Valentine and Jenny Andrews of Madison. The two recalled how many people lived a simplier lifestyle back in the days when they were young girls. (Photo by: Justina A. Cone)
Ray Charles was born on September 23, 1930 in Georgia and spent his youth in Greenville, FL. He learned his musical craft in the Jellyroll neighborhood of our small town. It is only fitting that we commemorated the birth date of one of the world's greatest music legends with the dedication of his childhood home and the unveiling of an historic marker in September of 2009. The small home has been restored with the generous assistance of a grant from the Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation.