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December 6, 2007

Albany -- The newest addition to Albany's Riverfront will open Friday. Thursday last minute work continued at the Ray Charles Plaza.

The Albany native's youngest son, Corey Charles, will be there  when the life-size statue of his father that will rotate in the middle of the park is unveiled. The 20-year-old Morehouse College student met with Albany State University President Dr. Everette Freeman Thursday morning.

Corey says he and his eleven brothers and sisters are thrilled by the memorial to their father. Charles said "it does amaze me, because when I was young I never understood the whole thing of being famous. To me he was just Dad. So when I go to other countries and see how much people love him, it's amazing."

 The grand opening of the Ray Charles Plaza will be held Friday morning at ten. Friday evening from 5 to 10, Friday on the Flint will be held at the park, with bands playing live music in tribute and celebration of Ray.

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