Chuck Berry Statue

June 24, 2011 by Post Team 

Chuck Berry StatueChuck Berry Statue, A statue of Rock n ‘Roll Star Chuck Berry sparked controversy over its instillation in St. Louis, as former city official called Berry “a criminal and not a friend of women.” She claims to have dozens of supporters.  The statue of two meters Berry is due to be installed next week in a public square near the City University Club, where the 84-year-old Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, is still performed every month. Unless Glickert Elsie has her way, of course.

Glickert, 86, wants the city council to delay the instillation of the statue “until it can be reviewed.” Glickert has lived in suburban St. Louis all her life and spent 11 years in the University City Council. Opposes the statue of Berry on the basis of his conviction in 1962 under the Mann Act, which makes transportation of a woman to another state for illegal immoral.

“I am astonished how it got here,” said Glickert. “This man is a criminal and not a friend of women. It is a misuse of tax money in her honor in public ownership.”

According to Reuters, the woman involved in the conviction of Berry was a young Native American who came to work at his club in St. Louis. She had been fired and arrested on charges of prostitution. Berry met her in one of his shows in Texas in 1959. He was subsequently convicted and jailed for violating the Mann Act. During his three years in prison, he wrote several hit songs such as “No special place to go.”

Glickert has collected over 100 signatures on a petition throughout the city to stop the installation of the statue. While the city confirmed that the item was included on the agenda of Monday’s meeting, City Manager Lehman Walker told Reuters he plans a July 29 dedication will continue.

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