An eight-foot statue of rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry was approved on Monday despite the opposition of some local residents, including one who said the Hall of Fame singer/songwriter should not be honored because he is a “felon and not a friend of women.”
The Root Reports:
The University City council, which has jurisdiction over the spot where the statue is to be installed, rejected a last-minute petition drive by opponents, who gathered 100 signatures in a bid to block or delay the statue.
The leader of the opposition, Elsie Glickert, an 86-year-old former city council member, said the city had ignored procedure in allowing the statue to be built on a new public bikeway that intersects the Delmar Loop, a strip of restaurants, shops and clubs that includes Blueberry Hill, where Berry has played over 160 shows in past 15 years. Glickert and her supporters opposed the statue because of Berry’s 1962 conviction for violating the Mann Act, accused of transporting a woman across state lines for immoral purposes.