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Celebration of Ben Tucker's life continues with tribute

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Ben Tucker continues to be celebrated for being instrumental in the music and community life of Savannah.

Local musicians, religious leaders, political and community leaders gathered for a tribute for their friend at St. John Baptist Church on Sunday.

Many say Tucker's impact could be felt deeply throughout Savannah, where he lived for many decades. He is remembered for being instrumental in the music and community life of Savannah.

"He was a hero of ours and to the community. He is a legend for us, because he gave us voice at the time no one would allow us to have a voice." said Dr. Estella Shabazz, County Comissioner.

"One thing that stands out to me about Ben, is that he said well I want to move downtown because I want to know more people in a quicker way. He relocated to the heart of Savannah. That is what made him from who he was and who he was coming in contact with." said James J. Holmes, Boys and Girls Club.

As part of the tribute, friends of Ben Tucker played a musical prelude to remember the jazz legend.

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