City of Prattville Plans Unveiling of Wilson Pickett Marker

Contact: Kellie Cook, 334-358-0297

November 25, 2009

Prattville Mayor Jim Byard, Jr., will join other officials and Pickett family members to unveil a historic marker honoring the late “Wicked” Wilson Pickett at the Creative Arts House Garden on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, at 3pm.

Pickett, the youngest of 11 children, was born in Prattville on March 18, 1941. He gained international fame for his R&B hits, In the Midnight Hour, Land of 1000 Dances, Mustang Sally, and many others. Pickett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

“It is appropriate that we pause and honor a native son of Prattville. Beginning as a youngster singing gospel music at local churches, to finding fame as a rhythm and blues artist, Wilson Pickett’s music continues to be enjoyed by people of all ages,” said Mayor Byard. “I look forward to honoring his legacy, and I invite folks out to this historic unveiling,” he added.

Mr. Pickett will be further recognized next year as the 2010 Fountain City Arts Festival’s honoree. The City of Prattville’s Creative Art House is located at 342 Chestnut Street. For more information, please call the City of Prattville’s Special Events Office, at 334-358-0297.