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Memorabilia belonging to the late RAY CHARLES has found a new home in Washington DC's famous Smithsonian museum.

The blind musician's trademark dark glasses and braille keyboard are among the items which will go on display at the museum.

The exhibition tells the story of Charles' long career and how he overcame his lack of sight to become one of the most legendary musicians of all time.

Museum director BRENT GLASS says, "Ray Charles' life and career are testaments to the enduring value of the American dream, that anyone from any background and with any disability can overcome obstacles and lead a successful life.

"These objects are important additions to the museum's collections, and we are honoured to have them."

Charles died in June 2004 at the age of 73 from liver disease. (MP/WNWCAG/GES)

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