Ryman Auditorium Unveils Charley Pride Memorial Statue in Touching Tribute

The Ryman Auditorium revealed a bronze statue of country music legend Charley Pride yesterday, April 12, as a tribute to his legacy. The memorial is displayed on the Ryman’s Icon Walk, alongside statues of other classic country musicians including Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, and Little Jimmy Dickens.

Charley Pride was a country music singer, guitarist, and songwriter who achieved great success in the 1960s and 1970s. He was one of the first African American artists to make a name for himself in the country music scene, creating a pathway for people of color in the industry. He became known for hits such as “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin‘” and “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone.” Pride was born on March 18, 1934, in Sledge, Mississippi, and he passed away in 2020, due to complications from COVID-19.

See Charley’s wife and son during the special moment below: