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Greenville in Madison County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Ray Charles Childhood Home

 
 
Ray Charles Childhood Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kia Scott, February 7, 2012
1. Ray Charles Childhood Home Marker
Inscription. This home is a reconstruction of the home where musician Ray Charles (1930-2004) lived with his mother, Aretha Williams, and adopted grandmother, Margaret "Muh" Robinson, shortly after his birth in 1930, until about the age of five. "RC", as Ray was known by his friends, received his first piano instruction from Wiley Pitman, owner of the nearby Red Wing Cafe. Ray and his mother later moved into a small house behind the cafe. At age seven, Ray's sight failed and he was sent to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine. The modest wood frame vernacular house he grew up in was probably constructed in the 1920s. It had no electricity or indoor plumbing. Meals were prepared on a wood-burning stove. A hand-primed-pump supplied water from a well next to the house. A fireplace in one of the four small rooms provided warmth, and open windows and doors allowed breezes to cool the house. Because of advanced deterioration, the abandoned house was scheduled for demolition in 2006. The town of Greenville purchased the structure to preserve the memory of Ray Charles. With a grant from the Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation, the Town completed the reconstruction house in 2008.
 
Erected 2008 by Town of Greenville and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-651.)
 
Location.
Ray Charles Childhood Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kia Scott, February 7, 2012
2. Ray Charles Childhood Home Marker
30° 27.887′ N, 83° 38.343′ W. Marker is in Greenville, Florida, in Madison County. Marker is on SW Ray Charles Avenue. Touch for map. Nearby location - Near Greenville Elementary School. Marker is at or near this postal address: 443 SW Ray Charles Avenue, Greenville FL 32331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Concord Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 11.8 miles away); Shiloh Methodist Church (approx. 12.5 miles away); Elizabeth Elementary School (approx. 14.1 miles away); Columbia Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 16.7 miles away in Georgia).
 
Also see . . .
1. Project Photos - Greenville, Florida. Site shows the original home (Submitted on February 8, 2012, by Kia Scott of Orlando, Florida.) 

2. Ray Charles Statue, Greenville, Florida. This site is less than 5 minutes from the Birth Home of Ray Charles. See them both on your next trip! (Submitted on February 8, 2012, by Kia Scott of Orlando, Florida.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansEntertainment
 
Ray Charles Childhood Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kia Scott, February 7, 2012
3. Ray Charles Childhood Home Marker
Ray Charles Memorial Statue image. Click for full size.
By Kia Scott, February 7, 2012
4. Ray Charles Memorial Statue
This statue is not far from the home site. It is located at Haffye Hays Park, on the south side of U.S. Highway 90 in downtown Greenville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 8, 2012, by Kia Scott of Orlando, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,094 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 8, 2012, by Kia Scott of Orlando, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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