This boyhood home of Little Richard in Macon, Georgia will be moved because of a highway project.
MACON, Ga. --The house is a sagging remnant of early 20th century Macon, in a neighborhood called Pleasant Hill.
Reginald King rents the house now, making the 28 year old part of an unlikely bit of Macon lineage: He lives in the childhood home of Little Richard.
"I didn't know it when I first moved in," King said.
But King says he does know that Little Richard was a groundbreaking player in the formative years of rock music- and one of Macon, Georgia's most influential and colorful celebrities.
Saturday the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame member, who was born Richard Penniman, was back in Macon. He was accepting an honorary degree from Mercer University at the age of eighty.
"He lived throughout Pleasant Hill. But this house here seems to be the one that was his favorite," said Peter Givens, president of the Pleasant Hill Neighborhood Improvement Group.
Givens watched as the Georgia Department of Transportation made plans to widen the interchange between Interstate 75 and I-16, a project that will bulldoze this property.
Last week, the DOT announced that it will move the Little Richard house first.
Givens says it will be relocated one mile north, across the highway, where it will become a public gateway to the neighborhood, called the Pleasant Hill Resource House.
"No museum. No music. Because Richard is from Pleasant Hill, Richard will be included in there," Givens said. "But it's not just about Richard. And it's not just about music."
The house currently rents for $275 per month. It has two bedrooms and one bath.
It will be one of 26 homes relocated as part of the highway construction project.