ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Ray Charles attended the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine from 1937-1945. They credit him as an Alumnus, but actually, he was expelled for being an "unsatisfactory pupil" in 1945, according to the St. Augustine Record.
But now, the Potter's Wax Museum in St. Augustine is honoring the late, great Ray Charles with a wax figure. In addition, Mayor Nancy Shaver has announced Friday, September 23 as Ray Charles day.
The unveiling will take place at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, located at 102 Martin Luther King Ave., where Ray will be reunited with the piano he once played as a child. The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The festivities will include music by Clarence Bell who has performed with Ray Charles in the past and food.