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Prince Fans Gather For S. Minneapolis Block Party

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Hundreds of people gathered on the block where Prince went to middle school for a day of music and memories on Saturday.

The Sabathani Community Center hosted the event. It used to be Bryant Junior High, where Prince went to school in the early 70s.

"I did go to Bryant Junior High School, so it's kind of nice to just come back and see some of the familiar faces," said Prince fan Adrienne Chivers.

The building has changed a lot since a young Prince played basketball for Bryant Junior High.

When Sabathani Comunity Center took over in 1979, the focus shifted from school to the neighborhood's needs.

But it's always been home.

"I think it just feels like the community and everybody wanting to be together," said Kris Lang-Shasky.

"Prince brought us here. We were at Paisley Park last Sunday at the memorial and it was so amazing and we thought 'We got to come here and join the action,'" said fan Rise Kamerski.

"I know Paisley Park is a ways out there, so not everybody was able to get out there," Chivers said.

Another day spent celebrating an international inspiration who always remembered where he came from.

"It's good to be around a lot of people that appreciated his music," Chivers said. "He was from the neighborhood so he was like one of us."

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