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by Austin Lewis, 13WMAZ.com

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

- Born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia, Little Richard went on to worldwide fame as the "Architect of Rock and Roll."

- He was raised in Macon's Pleasant Hill community, a historic black neighborhood that was divided when I-75 was built.

- A new Interstate project threatened to demolish Little Richard's home but local officials have decided to move it instead.

A Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame inductee's childhood home in Macon stands in the way of the Interstate 75/16 interchange project.

But rather than demolish the home where Little Richard grew up, officials say they're going to move it to a new site.

That's not all.

When the Architect of Rock and Roll's boyhood home is moved from Fifth Avenue to Craft Street near the Pleasant Hill community garden, it will become a neighborhood resource center.

That's great news for Peter Givens, whose group will get to use the house as continue to push for improvements in the historic black neighborhood.

"He is an ambassador to the city of Macon. Who better than to use a name that is known everywhere -- I mean I don't care where you go, you say 'Little Richard,' people know Macon, Georgia -- Pleasant Hill," said Givens.

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Featured speakers at the announcement for this endeavor included Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and Macon Police Capt. Captain Willie May who works with the city's Shalom Zone.

Students from L.H. Williams Elementary entertained the assembly with a performance of their own.

Saturday, Mercer University will bestow the 80-year-old Little Richard with an honorary degree.

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