New Grave Site for Charlie Parker
Oct. 21, 1998
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Charlie Parker's remains will rest near Kansas City's historic jazz district, where in the 1940s his saxophone wailed into the wee hours.
Parker's new grave site will be near the Jazz Museum in the historic 18th and Vine district, an area where jazz and black culture once flourished.
The jazz great's remains, along with those of his mother, Addie, will be transferred from their small plots in Lincoln Cemetery, Mayor Emanuel Cleaver said Monday. Parker's Tomb, to be unveiled in March, will include a bronze sculpture by artist Robert Graham.
``I think there will be pilgrimages here,'' said Cleaver. ``I hope it provides the profile that Parker deserves.''
Parker was born in Kansas City, Kan. He died in New York in 1955 at 35.