CLEVELAND -- The final resting spot of the man who coined the term "rock 'n' roll" has been determined.
On Tuesday, the family of the late Cleveland DJ announced Freed's remains will be stay in Cleveland at the Lake View Cemetery.
Last week, Freed's ashes were removed from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after the museum asked his family to take back the urn. It had been on display there for 12 years.
In a statement released late Tuesday, Alan Freed's son wrote:
Alan Freed has left the building, but he's staying in Cleveland.
The Freed family has decided on Lake View Cemetery as the final resting place for the late rock and roll pioneer. At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's request, Alan Freed's urn was removed from its resting place earlier this month.
"Cleveland is Alan Freed's home, and he's staying here," said Lance Freed, Alan's eldest son and a longtime music publisher.
Details about how Alan Freed's life and contributions to Cleveland and the music genre will be celebrated and memorialized at the site have yet to be determined.
"We are honored to have Alan Freed at Lake View Cemetery. We have been memorializing innovative Clevelanders for 145 years," said Katharine Goss, Lake View's president and CEO.
"Alan Freed changed the world, and he should be with others here who have done the same. Now anyone can pay tribute to him any day of the week at no charge."
The location will be near the neoclassical Wade Memorial Chapel, renowned for its inspiring, Tiffany-designed interior and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Freed plot is on a popular sloped park-like setting near two lovely ponds, where visitors are often found relaxing and enjoying the beautiful landscape.
"Visitors picnic here often, and we anticipate Alan Freed to be in good company with the public," Goss said.
Lake View Cemetery memorializes many persons of national and local note, including monuments honoring President James Garfield, John D. Rockefeller, Eliot Ness, Carl Stokes, war heroes and other community leaders synonymous with Cleveland.
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"It's a beautiful, natural setting. The place is lively, if you can say that about a cemetery, and hosts many free concerts and events," Lance Freed said.
In the coming months, the Freed family, Lake View, the Rock Hall, Cleveland residents, Ohio media and rock fans everywhere will come together with the best wishes to determine the most appropriate vision, monument and possible celebrations for memorializing Alan Freed at the 285-acre cemetery.
"The outpouring of support for Alan, and the enthusiasm for Cleveland rock, during this the past couple of weeks has been overwhelming – and we'd like to see a suitable monument created worthy of that passion," Lance Freed said. "It should be a celebration of rock and roll, and Cleveland. Alan Freed belongs to the people, his fans and the Moondog Kingdom."
"The folks at Lake View have been extremely kind and understanding. We are deeply grateful for their help in moving my father from the Rock Hall," he added.
Alan Freed first coined the term "rock and roll." Working as a late-night news and sports reporter on Cleveland's local radio station WJW, Freed's big break came when the 11:30 PM disc jockey called in sick. Enthusiastic to fill-in, he played his favorite rhythm and blues records that he'd collected from visits to the Record Rendevous, but was fired for playing black music on a "white" radio station. History was made forever in Cleveland.
An overwhelming response by listeners flooded into the station, Freed was quickly hired back, and given his own show. His pioneering role in promoting this profound American art form brought the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to Cleveland. Freed started the fire for this new music sensation at a time when rock and roll was viewed as an immoral, cultural and political threat. Cleveland rallied to his defense back then, and they're doing it again today more than a half-century later.
Freed, who died in 1965 at the age of 43, started his career as a DJ in Cleveland in 1951, playing R&B records, while other DJs ignored black artists. He also organized the "Moondog Coronation Ball," on March 21, 1952 at the Cleveland Arena – widely considered the first rock and roll concert in history.
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