richard pryor bust

Photo caption: A bust honoring Richard Pryor is unveiled at John H. Gwynn Park near the neighborhood where Pryor was born and raised, Thurday, Oct. 4, 2012 in Peoria, Ill. The internationally famous comedian, who died in 2005, was known to have performed just across the street as a student at George Washington Carver Community Center in South Peoria. Local artist R. Rashad Reed created the bust in the style of the Olmec civilization, one of the oldest known civilizations in the Americas. (AP Photo/The Journal Star, Fred Zwicky)

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Legendary comedian and Peoria native Richard Pryor has been honored by an artist in his hometown.

R. Rashad Reed’s ceramic bust of the late entertainer was unveiled to the public Thursday at John H. Gwynn Park. Reed tells the Journal Star ( ) that Pryor is an icon and a notable part of Peoria’s history.

Pryor was born in Peoria in 1940 and grew up in his grandmother’s brothel in the central Illinois community. He went on to be known for his stand-up performances and films such as “Silver Streak” and “Stir Crazy.” He died in 2005.

The comedian’s son, Richard Pryor Jr., attended Thursday’s ceremony in Peoria. He says it is great to see the city come together to honor his father.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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