The Wild Rock and Roller Chuck Berry Dies

In 2012, Berry donated his red Eldorado Cadillac to the Smithsonian

The 1973 Cadillac Eldorado convertible was driven on stage for the big superstar tribute concert for Chuck Berry in the 1987 film Hail! Hail!(Jason Flakes)
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UPDATE: At the age of 90, Chuck Berry died at his home March 18, 2017, at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri. 

When Chuck Berry was a boy, the Fox Theatre in St. Louis refused to admit him because of his race. On his 60th birthday, in 1986, he drove his 1973 Cadillac Eldorado onto the same stage for the filming of Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll.

In 2012, he donated the car to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, where it is on view in the exhibition "Musical Crossroads." 

Project historian Kevin Strait says Berry personified the many ways in which “African-American music has helped to narrate the quintessentially American ideals of freedom, self-determination, creativity and innovation.” Determination, indeed: at the time of the donation, Berry, at 85, was still performing at a club near his Wentzville, Missouri, home.

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Aviva Shen is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress. Before joining CAP, Aviva interned and wrote for Smithsonian magazine, Salon, and New York.

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