Hank Williams Museum founder dies

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - He founded a downtown attraction that "struck a cord" with country music fans around the world. Cecil Jackson, the founder of the Hank Williams Foundation and Museum, has died.

Jackson was a lifelong Hank Williams fan and amassed "one of a kind" memorabilia belonging to, or with ties to, the country music legend.

From the car Williams died in, to the star's elaborate wardrobe and instruments and even original,  hand-written lyrics there are literally thousands of items all on display at the center. Thanks to Jackson and his connections to the singer/songwriter.

"He [Jackson] changed the tires on the Cadillac before Hank started on his last ride," explained museum volunteer Pat Lynch. "He was a teenager then and he changed the tires. He has a lot of connections with Hank. In fact, I remember he made a recording at about [age] 16 and he sounded just like Hank."

Visitation will be held Tuesday at 6:00pm at Brookside Funeral Home in Millbrook. The funeral will take place at the same location Wednesday at 11:00am.

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