Lymon Gravestone Saved from Destruction
Symbol of UGHA's Efforts to Save of Music's Legacy
Moved From Clifton Music to a New Home
Ronnie I's Clifton Music on the verge of closing, the Frankie Lymon
tombstone, that rested in the store's window since 1988, was in
grave danger of being lost forever. Back in 1988, Ronnie I and
UGHA raised money for a tombstone for Frankie Lymon, who at that
time was buried in an unmarked grave. While Ronnie I had the
tombstone made, he was never able to get permission to place it on
Frankie Lymon's grave and it ended up in the window of Clifton
Music, becoming a symbol of UGHA's efforts to get our music
recognized. Newspaper articles were written about the
gravestone in the window of Clifton Music and it became part of the
landmark for group harmony.
Clifton Music closing, there was no where for Frankie Lymon's
gravestone to go and it was in danger of being ground down and made
into another stone.
With only days to spare, Pam Nardella, with the help of a few
friends and former UGHA members, was able to find the stone a new
Nardella was willing to move the stone to peaceful location in her
garden but this was no easy task. The weight and delicacy of a
gravestone required professionals be called in to move the stone.
Classic Urban Harmony was happy to assist in fundraising.
Thursday, February 23, 2012, Pam Nardella called us with the good
news that the Frankie Lymon tombstone had been successfully moved.
She sent along these photos for us to post. Thanks to all who
1993 photo of Clifton Music
Note the gravestone in the window on the right.
Frankie Lymon headstone, in the window of Clifton Music
Removing the stone from Clifton Music
Frankie Lymon tombstone in its new home.
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