Foundation Formed to Remember Singer

Efforts are now underway to one day develop a park or outdoor area in downtown Meridian in honor of native son, David Ruffin.

Known for singing lead on such hits "My Girl," and "Aint' Too Proud to Beg", relatives of the late singer say the ultimate goal of the David Ruffin Foundation is to help the community as a whole.

"We're not trying to build a David Ruffin Fund. We're trying to build a foundation to help people in need of educational help, especially as far as drugs are concerned," said Quincy Ruffin, David's brother.

NewsCenter 11 has learned that there are also plans to erect a statue and possibly a museum in honor of Ruffin.

According to Meridian Mayor John Robert Smith, the city supports the effort. He said the holdup now is securing a location and written proposal for the projects. SMith said, once this is done, organizers of the effort can solicit federal money for the projects.

Smith said the downtown area honoring Ruffin will likely be located in what has long been known as the city's African American business district, on West 5th Street. Once property for the projects is secured, he says work can begin.

Anyone interested in helping in the effort or in making donations to the David Ruffin Foundation may call (407) 292-6315.

"Our love is still here in Mississippi. So, we'd like to see this become a reality," Quincy Ruffin said.