Eazy-E memorial bench to be erected in small Sussex town this week after man’s successful campaign

Eazy-E memorial bench to be erected in small Sussex town this week after man’s successful campaign

The local council previously said they had “no idea” who the rapper is

Rapper Eazy-E from N.W.A. performs during the ‘Straight Outta Compton’ tour at the Mecca Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in June 1989

A memorial bench dedicated to Eazy-E is planned to be erected in Newhaven, Sussex this week. 

The news follows Guy Stevens’ successful bid to get his local council to remember the NWA rapper, who died in 1995, by building a memorial – despite no connections with the town.

“Just do it,” he told Newhaven Town Council, as reported in The Argus in February. “Get a statue or a plaque up. Why not? You just wasted money on a bandstand on Denton island no one cares about so why not an Eazy-E memorial?”

Now, Stevens’ wishes are about to come true – albeit with a bench instead of a statue, as originally proposed – with the council planning to install it by the end of this week (May 26).

A spokesperson for Newhaven Town council told The Argus today (May 22): “The grounds maintenance team will be putting it in as soon as they are able to.

“We are hoping to put it in within the week, but this is not a certainly.”

Stevens said earlier this year that a memorial to the rapper would be “unique”, “eccentric”, and would “stand out”, adding it would “bring some interest” to Newhaven. He also claimed that because Eazy-E died from complications from AIDS it could “raise awareness of things like sexual health.”

“He needs to be remembered in some way in our town,” he said. “We have nothing going for us and no notable landmarks other than a fort. And Eazy-E is a legend.”

The rapper has no links to Newhaven and, and the council previously said they have “no idea who Eazy-E is.”

Deputy mayor Graham Amy said in February: “I’ve lived all of my life in Newhaven and I’ve never heard of him, not a clue. I’m 72 years old and more of a Beatles fan than anything. If I had my way I would have statues to them around the town.” Stevens responded by saying The Beatles “suck”.

A bench in tribute to Eazy-E was been permitted by the council in February after Stevens raised the required funds. His GoFundMe page has reached £1,642 of the £2,000 goal at the time of writing.

The memorial cost £1,177. Extra money is going to local Aids charities.

“Any funds left over will be given to local Aids charities in the area so this is all for a good cause,” Stevens explained. “Eazy-E is global. This is bigger than Newhaven. He and 2pac are probably the greatest rappers of all time, along with Kurupt who’s still alive.”

Photo of N.W.A., (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

Responding to critics who claim that the bench is “a waste of money”, Stevens argued: “It’s better than nothing which is pretty much all Newhaven has.

“If people are upset about a bench then they don’t have much going on in their lives. It’s a bit of fun that has brought interest to the town. If they want to do something similar then they should.”

In other statue news, the world’s first statue of David Bowie was unveiled last year in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Bowie is reported to have first performed as his Ziggy Stardust persona and debuted two albums at gigs at the town’s Friars music venue in the early 1970s.

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