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Chuck Brown performing at the Inaugural Gala for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in January 2011. He died in May 2012.
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Chuck Brown performing at the Inaugural Gala for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in January 2011. He died in May 2012.

Under a hot Thursday afternoon sun in Northeast D.C., Mayor Vince Gray and others broke ground on a new memorial to one of the District's own.

Family, friends and locals gathered for the ground-breaking of the Chuck Brown Memorial Park at Langdon. Yesterday would have been the Godfather of Go-Go's 77th birthday, but "Chuck Brown Day" in the District of Columbia, as Mayor Vincent C. Gray proclaimed it, was not without its festivities.

"This is a day of love; this is a day of celebration, this is a beginning of making sure that we remember our own, and Chuck Brown was indeed one of our own," said Gray.

The mayor unveiled some of the park's features, including a memorial wall to be inscribed with biographical information. Renovations will also be made to the existing park, and the mayor says there will be outdoor drums.

"They will be very tastefully done, but they will be designed to communciate one, what go-go music is, and it will link the memorial to the existing playground that is already here," he said.

The mayor noted the original plan to build an ampitheatre on the site has been scrapped due to noise concerns.

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