Otis Redding Exhibit to Open at Stax

An exhibit of Otis Redding's personal effects goes on display Monday, December 10 at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Monday marks the 40th anniversary of Redding’s death in a plane crash in Lake Monona near Madison, Wisconsin.

You can read Ben Cauley's account of that crash in the December issue of Memphis magazine, on newsstands now. He was the lone survivor.

The Stax exhibit features photographs and mementoes from Redding's family and personal collection that are on display publicly for the first time.

In addition to the artifacts on loan from Otis' widow Zelma Redding and daughter Karla Redding-Andrews, the exhibit contains several items on loan from private collector Bob Grady and never-before-shown artifacts from the Stax Museum archives.

"Stax Records was like a second home for Otis," Zelma Redding said. "We are pleased to be able to share some of our personal family moments in this exhibit."

The exhibit runs through April 30, 2008.

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