Kansas City's American Jazz Museum Proposes Moving Charlie Parker's Remains

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The board of the American Jazz Museum is hoping to move Charlie Parker's remains to a site near the museum in Kansas City's historic 18th and Vine district, the Kansas City Star reports.

The remains of the legendary alto saxophonist are currently interred at Lincoln Cemetery, where many of Kansas City's African American residents are buried, but recent dumping there has prompted the Jazz Museum board to investigate the legal and financial implications of moving Parker to a safer location.

The board would like to create a mausoleum near the 17-foot bronze sculpture of Parker at Charlie Parker Memorial Plaza, next to the museum's outdoor pavilion. It would better than the current hard-to-find site, board member Mike White told the Star, because "people can come and pay their respects."


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