Motown Museum stages event celebrating founder

Associated Press
Motown Museum founder Esther Gordy Edwards and her granddaughter, museum CEO Robin Terry, on the front steps at the Detroit museum in 2005. Gordy Edwards died in 2011.

The Motown Museum is celebrating its founder with music, food and half-off admission.

Founder’s Day is set for Wednesday at the museum, located in the former home of the label’s offices and studio, at 2648 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit. It coincides with the birthday of the late Esther Gordy Edwards, sister of Motown Records Corp. founder Berry Gordy.

Musical performers include Motown session player Dennis Coffey, Detroit native Kern Brantley and Dennis Bowles, son of the late Motown saxophonist Thomas “Beans” Bowles.

Edwards founded the museum in 1985. Her granddaughter, museum CEO Robin Terry, praised Edwards’ “steadfast dedication to preserving the legendary history of Motown.”

Edwards, who died in 2011, also served as the record company’s senior vice president and corporate secretary.