Nina Simone's Childhood Home Is Now Permanently Protected
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Nina Simone's Childhood Home Is Now Permanently Protected

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DeAnna Taylor
DeAnna Taylor Sep 14, 2020

Last week, The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that the childhood home of iconic singer Nina Simone, would be permanently protected. The home, located in Tryon, North Carolina, was where Simone taught herself to play piano sometime in the 1930s.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, in partnership with World Monuments Fund and Preservation North Carolina are the programs responsible for preserving the activist and singer’s home.

What this means, is that subsequent owners of the home cannot demolish it or alter its authentic character, beyond general renovations.

A push to save the home gained traction last summer, as celebrities took to social media urging the committee to protect it.

“Spaces devoted to the history and legacy of people of color, especially women of color, are far too few in America today,”  John Legend said in a statement.  “Preserving places like the Nina Simone childhood home will help keep her powerful story alive. This campaign pays tribute to Nina Simone’s unapologetic pursuit of musical, personal, and political freedom and I am proud to be a part of it.”

A fundraising effort was made and more than $33,000 was raised. Nina Simone merchandise was also sold in hopes of helping the cause. But, it looks like all of the efforts have paid off.

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