In this July 5, 1997 file photo, the “Godfather of Soul”, singer James Brown, performs during an open air festival in Eschenbach. (AP Photo/Keystone, Sylvan Mueller, File)

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Shoes, boots, costumes and even a hair dryer are on display as part of an exhibit examining the influence of singer James Brown at South Carolina State University.

The exhibit about the performer known as the Godfather of Soul opens Friday and continues through July at the university in Orangeburg.

Brown was born in Barnwell and died on Christmas Day, 2006 at age 73.

The director of the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, Ellen Zisholtz, tells The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg (http://bit.ly/1q89mVc ) that Brown had a tremendous influence on popular music and also stood for black pride and social justice.

The exhibit opening Friday evening includes a reception featuring James Brown’s band.


Information from: The Times & Democrat, http://www.timesanddemocrat.com