Fate of items at statue unclear

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In the days since James Brown's death, his bronze statue on Broad Street has become the place where family, friends and fans have come to pay their respects.

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Items left behind include candles, flowers, notes and memorabilia.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Items left behind include candles, flowers, notes and memorabilia.

Flowers, flags, candles, posters and photographs cover the base of the statue.

What's yet to be determined is what to do with it all, and whatever is left there in the future.

Michael Greene, the director of the Public Services department for the city, said last week that the city had no plans to remove anything until after the funeral.

"I've got people going by picking up trash and making sure there is nothing hazardous there, but as far as flowers and other things, we're not going to do anything with that out of respect to Mr. Brown until later," Mr. Greene said.

Assistant Recreation Director Robert Howard will meet with the family after the funeral to determine what they would prefer, he said.

Dennis Stroud, the assistant director of roads and bridges, said he assumes that in the months and years to come, the responsibility of cleaning up around the statue will fall back on his department, but that no one has discussed the matter with him yet.

If that happens, he said, it's possible the cards, candles and other items left at the site will be kept somewhere for safekeeping.

"I'm sure we'll do something with them, but it's too premature to tell," Mr. Stroud said.

Around the world, fans regularly visit celebrity memorials and grave sites, and what's done with the items they leave behind depends on the situation.

At the Macon, Ga., grave sites of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, two of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, family members are responsible for removing all items left on the grounds, cemetery specialist Delores Mitchell said.

At the Strawberry Fields memorial for John Lennon in New York City's Central Park, items other than flowers are put into the park's lost and found for up to a year before they're thrown away, Central Park Conservancy spokeswoman Amelia Alonso said.

Elvis Presley, on the other hand, has his own archive department where photographs, drawings and other objects left by fans at his grave site in the Meditation Garden at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., get put for preservation, Elvis Enterprises spokesman Kevin Kern said.

"On a daily basis we have to go through there and pick things up," Mr. Kern said. "On the anniversary of Elvis' death, the memorials that are left become overwhelming. They actually line the entire sidewalk."

Reach Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington at t.lindsay.wilkesedri@morris.com.

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nelliepoo
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nelliepoo 01/01/07 - 08:31 am
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what happen to the lawsuite

what happen to the lawsuite James Brown daughter suing him for. James Brown never done anything for South Carolina, I know there are children there that needed toys. Thinks albout all the people that lost there job at Graniteville Company, I know they needed help with there children christmas.I stayed in South Carolina but he help people in Augusta.

easy breezy
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easy breezy 01/01/07 - 11:12 am
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His hometown was AUGUSTA,

His hometown was AUGUSTA, that's why he did so much for the city. He was born and raised in AUGUSTA. He just happened to choose South Carolina as his place of residence. He did alot for Augusta and other places as well. Please....let the man rest in peace!

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Str8t Gossip1 01/01/07 - 11:21 am
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Some people should not post

Some people should not post comments without proof reading it. We are so quick to criticize others and their good deeds when we ourselves can stand a lot of criticism. Let James Brown rest in peace and what was done for whatever city he chose was just that his choosing.

easy breezy
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easy breezy 01/01/07 - 01:49 pm
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Columbia County, get a grip

Columbia County, get a grip and get a life! You sound as if you have issues maybe some of them are called PREJUDICE. The man just passed away and who are you to judge? Check your facts!

intheknow
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intheknow 01/01/07 - 02:00 pm
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You are right : Thank God for

You are right : Thank God for Columbia County " so that those of like minds can stay together. People like you have not done a thing for anyone other than your pitiful self. You are not even fit to shine Mr. Brown boots nor mow the grass grass around his grave..

BR549
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BR549 01/01/07 - 02:03 pm
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Nellipoo, maybe J.B. should

Nellipoo, maybe J.B. should have paid for your education? At least he tried to do something positive. If people in Graniteville really needed gifts from J.B., maybe they should have carpooled over to Augusta to get some. What have you done to contribute anything positive to society? At least he tried to make a difference.

hope07
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hope07 01/01/07 - 02:34 pm
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Mr. Brown was human he made

Mr. Brown was human he made mistakes just like the rest of us!!! "Thank God for Columbia County" you need to check your facts... and have some respect...If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all

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amygrace 01/01/07 - 02:56 pm
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It is so hurtful to see the

It is so hurtful to see the people on here who are writing such critical things. Am I the only one who noticed all of their spelling mistakes. Instead of taking the time to write such negativity, why don't you take time to read a dictionary or take a language class at your local college? Dr James Brown was an inspiration to young and old alike. He is the reason many chose a musical career to follow. The music world will never be the same with his passing. My heartfelt sorrow goes out to all of his family and friends. Not to mention the fans who will continue to mourn his loss in years to come. May God bless each and everyone of the people who loved him and admired his talent. REST IN PEACE DR BROWN!!!!
Amy Grace
Fletcher, NC

BR549
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BR549 01/01/07 - 03:08 pm
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Please, for the love of all

Please, for the love of all that is holy, STOP referring to him as Dr. James Borwn. He was an entertainer, plain and simple. An elementary school education + a musical career + a feel good honorary degree does not = doctorate status. Appreciate his music, appreciate what he did for the community, and appreciate the fact that he worked his way out of poverty. But, please, don't call him something he is not. He is not a Ph.D.

coco rubio
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coco rubio 01/01/07 - 03:17 pm
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when people talked about

when people talked about JAMES BROWN having to deal with negative things all his life, they were talking about people like thankgodforcolumbiacounty. the thin veil of racism is present even in his death and is a sad commentary on where we stand in 2007. columbia county would not even exist if it wasn't for augusta, richmond county, yet people like this try to create a hateful and divisive division that doesn't need to exsist. And this is why i loved James Brown so much. He was black and he was proud. And he touched young & old. Black & white. People from all over the world have been effected by his music and his message! i will never let small minds tarnish the legacy of a true musical genius. Dr. Shirley Lewis of Paine College made me very proud to see this honor bestowed upon the hardest working man in show business. Dr. James Brown.....Phd in the super funk. Let no man or woman judge another lest he or she be judged. GOD BLESS JAMES BROWN AND GOD BLESS AUGUSTA GEORGIA!!! much respect.....peace & love.

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Zorab 01/01/07 - 04:59 pm
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To the naysayers........It is

To the naysayers........It is clearly understood that you do have the right to voice negative and truthful opinions regarding Mr. Brown, but in the midst of it all, it is what it is.....James Brown is and will always be a musical legend locally, nationally, and internationally.

D. Elliott
Greensboro, NC

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luckie 01/01/07 - 05:46 pm
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I really like seeing reader's

I really like seeing reader's comments to articles. However, this is not a chat room. Post your comments and be through with it. The chronicle set up the software so we could voice our opinions, if too many people are throwing stones, they can take this away. i am white. I live in Columbia County. I love James Brown and many many politicians/dignitaries have received honorary doctorate degrees. I have my masters and am working on my specialist. I do not need a dictionary!!!!!

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lesieur 01/01/07 - 06:17 pm
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James Brown was a modern day

James Brown was a modern day contemporary Legend in America! Is that not understood. America is a land of "rags to riches" stories, told over and over; by countless many. Many of us though, still need a true "American Experience". What makes this individual experience, so astounding; is that he recovered! More than twice! I live in Louisiana. I wonder, if James had of wrote a song about what the system is doing to the "People put Out of New Orleans, after Katrina"; what the words would be.

But ME! I remember Payback part 2, and the [at the time] outlandish Say, It Loud. I remember, the lyrics of a James Brown song, saying lets put some money together and buy some land. Legend man, Legend--pure and simple.

Still. Living in America. Paybacks on the way. Getting on the Good Foot.

LeSieur

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jrbaggs 01/01/07 - 06:27 pm
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columbia county sends his

columbia county sends his comments under an alias. he is obviously over 65 and longing for days gone by. i am sure he also believes his generation is the greatest like all dinosaurs of that era. must be a yankee carpetbagger if he lives out there. i know this guy, he is always alone and bitter. he doesnt believe in god because if he did he would understand you can make mistakes and still practice love and compassion. this is my real name... send me a message so i can take you apart via email you atheist loser.

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Normal in CSRA 01/01/07 - 06:51 pm
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Why cant we Just name the

Why cant we Just name the jail after him? Ha Ha Ha Whoever said that was right on, But it won't stop there. Pretty soon Regency Mall can be turned into the James Brown Hall Of Fame. Then they can Name the whole city after him, BROWNTOWN !!!!Wife beater and drug addict. When I die please keep Michael Jackson away from my funeral. I hated knowing he was in the same city as my children!!!!!!

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Spurs07 01/01/07 - 08:37 pm
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Even though Mr.Brown made

Even though Mr.Brown made many mistakes, he did accomplish a lot in the music world. He was a very hard working man and he truly loved augusta. It is only appropriate that Augusta honor him. There are many people who are honored and they have made just as many mistakes if not more than Mr. Brown has. We should all show respect and not talk negatively about someone who is now deceased.

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rod_mizell 01/01/07 - 11:45 pm
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It's a shame that it's 2007 &

It's a shame that it's 2007 & yet we still face bigotry & racism displayed through some of these messages. Mr. Brown may have done some questionable things but who is perfect. A sin is a sin so be mindful about throwing stones when u live in glass houses yourselves. You nay sayers can say what you like, but you can never take away his accomplishments. You can never take away Mr. Brown's God given talent. You can never take away the fact Mr. Brown could stand in the presence of former presidents, civil rights leaders, & the common man in 1 breath and be revered by all. It's so easy for people like thankgodforcolumbiacounty and Gagirl4dawgs to dwell on a person's shortcomings, however I am sure the aforementioned have some of their own. However, it isn't my place to judge. I don't sit that high & neither do u. Yes the 1st Amendment does give u the right to freedom of speech, but u never know how ignorant a person is until they open their mouth. Thank God 4 freedom of speech. As for, Bevo there are countless others who have been given honoray degrees, why must it be any different for Mr. Brown. God helps us all b/c we still have a long ways to go. Peace b unto Mr. Brown & his family.

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petepeckerhead 01/02/07 - 12:43 pm
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petehead

petehead

melecla
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melecla 01/02/07 - 08:25 pm
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Columbia County, you should

Columbia County, you should not include "God" in your name title, actually it should be written backwards for "Dog". You have clearly shown us all how untrained dogs really are when not raised correctly from the womb.

You are the epitomy of sheer ignorance, and to think that living in Columbia county makes you high class. Well, isn't that just peachy in the Peach State of GA. Ha, ha! Anyone can live in Columbia County........I actually refused to purchase property there, in hopes of avoiding the likes of you people.

You are obviously still a child, and have not yet been told that there is a time to weep, cry, speak, and remain quiet. Oh, and, live & die, choose any one that fits your mental state, because in my mind you no longer exist. So, don't bother to reply, as you will be ignored. I don't play with children, once I've stated my case debates aren't acknowledged.

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jrock1956 01/03/07 - 11:55 pm
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Columbia County......I'm sure

Columbia County......I'm sure you must love the fact that Augusta named a street after a man that tried to over throw the United States? Mr. Brown may have been a criminal! But a lot of our Presidents own slaves! But that's ok with you I'm sure!
Mr. Brown received an honorary Doctorate. Which is given to deserving people who go out and make something of themselves when they start out with nothing! I don't think they are given to people who sit around and write hateful emails all their life! But you keep trying! I think they give those out at Jefferson Davis University!

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