Work to restore Professor Longhair's home celebrated with dedication ceremony

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Posted on February 21, 2014 at 8:07 PM

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NEW ORLEANS -- The legacy of New Orleans musical icon Professor Longhair lives on through his classics like "Go To the Mardi Gras" and Tipitina.   And now, thanks to a special restoration project, Longhair's legacy is also being preserved in his New Orleans home.

On Friday, city officials joined with the Tipitina's Foundation and officials from United Way and Project Homecoming to officially dedicate the renovated Central City home - the only home ever owned by Longhair.

Longhair, whose real name was Henry Roeland Byrd, purchased the home shortly before his death in 1980.  It was badly damaged in Hurricane Katrina but is now restored and will serve as both the family home for Longhair's daughter, as well as a museum and permanent tribute to her late father.

"When you walk in that museum, you're walking in the very first room where he resided and I feel that there's love in there," Pat Byrd, Longhair's daughter, said Friday.

Channel 4 has chronicled the restoration project in several reports since 2012.  With donations from the Tipitina's Foundation and the City of New Orleans, as well as volunteers and resources from the United Way and Project Homecoming, the home is now restored as a tribute to Longhair, his life and his music.

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