Macon officials say they plan to move the boyhood home of Little Richard to spare it from a highway construction project.
Mayor Robert Reichert and others made the announcement as the 80-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was scheduled to receive an honorary degree Saturday from Mercer University.
Born Richard Wayne Penniman, Little Richard grew up in Macon's Pleasant Hill community – a neighborhood that was later divided by the construction of Interstate 75. A current project to improve the interchange between I-75 and Interstate 16 had threatened to demolish the “Tutti Frutti” singer's boyhood home.
City officials say the home will be relocated to a lot near the Pleasant Hill community garden, where it will be used as a neighborhood resource center.