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One name stood out to me while I spoke with Sylvester about some of the fallen icons: Ray Charles. Ray never lived in New Orleans, but he took the spirit of the city everywhere he went. Sylvester said even though Ray’s funeral was held in California, there was a second-line held there to commemorate his life. That drawing of Ray you see to the right is in fact an actual pamphlet from the funeral – which, like almost all the items here at the Backstreet Cultural Museum, was donated.