Albany, the birthplace of Ray Charles, has honored him with a statue.
Wikipedia states: Ray Charles Robinson was born in Albany, Georgia to Bailey Robinson, a railroad repair man, mechanic and handyman, and Aretha Williams, who stacked boards in a sawmill; the two were never married. The family moved to Greenville, Florida, when Ray was an infant. Bailey had two more families, leaving Aretha to raise the family. When Charles was five, he witnessed his younger brother, George, drown in his silverlarge portable laundry tub. He began to go blind at age six and was totally blind by age seven.
You can read the rest of the Wikipedia entry here, and enjoy Ray Charles singing below.
What's he singing? Well, Georgia on My Mind, of course!