Motown executive Esther Gordy Edwards dies at 91

Esther also founded the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit

Esther Gordy Edwards, one of the key members of the Motown record label team, has died at the age of 91.

Alongside her brother Berry Gordy Jr., who is now 81, Esther helped to build the legendary label and was also the president of the Motown Historical Museum in her hometown of Detroit.

Starting out in artist management and booking, Esther served as a Motown executive for almost 30 years and was later the senior vice president, corporate secretary and director of Motown International Operations, reports Rolling Stone.

Born in 1920, in the 1940s she formed a printing company with two of her brothers. Then in 1951 she married Detroit politician George Edwards and began working with her brother’s record label in the early 1960s. In the 1980s she set up the Motown Historical Museum at the company’s Detroit headquarters. The museum remains one of the city’s most popular attractions.

Esther Gordy Edwards died on Wednesday (August 24).