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James Brown performed in Prague early last November.
The adult children of singer James Brown are considering turning his home into a museum and placing his body in a mausoleum on the property. But the small town of Beech Island, S.C., may not quite be ready for a Graceland-style tourist attraction in their town.
Brown, also known as the Godfather of Soul, died last December. His body is waiting in an undisclosed location for burial, and his children are at odds over the next step. An attorney for them will only say that a mausoleum at his home is being considered.
The driveway to Brown's home in Beech Island is on a two-lane road marked James Brown Boulevard. A huge gate at the entrance contains notes from fans and a teddy bear. To turn this site into a visitor-friendly destination, a few changes would need to be made: there is no parking nearby, the town has no hotels, and the main restaurant isn't open for dinner.
No one thinks a mausoleum here would attract as many visitors to Beech Island as Graceland does to Memphis. But Bennie Holmes, a local pastor, says it would help put this town of less than 5,000 people on the map.
"I don't know how the people in the community would receive that, but I think it would be the greatest thing that happened in Beech Island," Holmes says.