Yesterday, Richie Havens’ ashes were scattered from a plane across the location where Woodstock was held over four decades ago. The memorial ceremony was attended by about 30 of his family members and drew a crowd of about 1,000, according to the Associated Press.
The ceremony was hosted on the 44th anniversary of the last day of Woodstock. Havens was the first act to perform at the famous concert; he made history with his performance of “Freedom.”
Havens had requested that his ashes be scattered over the site, which is now known as Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. “Though he traveled throughout the world for decades, visiting and returning to countless locations, Max Yasgur’s field in the Town of Bethel, Sullivan County, N.Y., always remained the location where Richie felt his deepest connection,” read a statement from Havens’ family.
His friends Danny Glover and Louis Gossett Jr. also spoke at the ceremony.
Havens died in April from a heart attack. He was 72 years old.