Little Richard will be buried at Oakwood University, an HBCU in Huntsville, Alabama, on Wednesday, May 20, a family spokesperson recently confirmed to The Associated Press.
Richard will be laid to rest at the Seventh-day Adventist school’s Oakwood Memorial Gardens.
Richard enrolled in Oakwood College in 1957 to become a minister after rejecting the pop success that he’d established by his early 20s.
“And strangely, the phone call was from Little Richard asking if I could come to his hotel in St. Kilda Road and pray with him.
“The first things I wanted to be rid of were the badges of Little Richard — the expensive, showy jewelry, loud clothes, and crazy hairstyle,” he wrote.