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Allen Toussaint statue unveiled in Musical Legends Park

Allen Toussaint alongside statue in his honor-WVUE Photo Allen Toussaint alongside statue in his honor-WVUE Photo

NEW ORLEANS - Allen Toussaint, in the flesh and immortalized in bronze, stood side-by-side in a park on Bourbon Street Thursday as a new statue in his image was unveiled.

Toussaint's statue joins eight others in New Orleans Musical Legends Park, dedicated to some of the musicians who've made the city's sound a force all over the world.

Toussaint said of the statue, "I love the idea that New Orleans honors its own as they do in such a royal way, and how much better could it get than have a whole statue - please, I'm elated!"

Toussaint's prolific career as a writer, producer and performer spans decades.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Last year President Barack Obama presented Toussaint with the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

The lifesize statue of Toussaint takes its place in the park alongside those of Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Antoine "Fats" Domino, Ronnie Kole, Louis Prima, Irma Thomas and Chris Owens.

The park in the 300 block of Bourbon Street is free and open to the public.

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