A museum honoring the life and music of slain reggae legend Peter Tosh opens today in Kingston, Jamaica.
The opening of the Tosh museum marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the song “Legalize It” and includes exhibits such as a guitar shaped like an assault rifle that he frequently used, as well as his unicycle, according to The Washington Post.
Tosh received his country’s highest honor of the Order of Merit posthumously in 2012 but Tosh’s legacy has been overshadowed by the popularity of Bob Marley, with whom he and Tosh founded The Wailers along with Bunny Livingston and Junior Braithwaite. The band was later called simply “The Wailers.”
“A lot of people have gotten honored for less in Jamaica and Peter is somewhat forgotten,” his widow, Marlene Brown, told The Washington Post in an interview Tuesday. “That made me work harder to see that he got what he deserves.”
After departing from The Wailers, Tosh had a successful solo career, with classic recordings such as reggae version of “Johnny B. Goode” and “Equal Rights.”
Tosh was shot and killed during a September 1987 home invasion. A tribute concert museum will be held Saturday at the museum site. It will feature Tosh’s son, Andrew, as well as grandson Dre Tosh and his Word, Sound and Power band.