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Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Designated National Treasure

House in Tryon, N.C., is one of fewer than 100 U.S. locations to receive this distinction

Nina Simone in 1965
Nina Simone in 1965

The North Carolina birthplace and childhood home of the late singer/songwriter, musician, and activist Nina Simone has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Preservation. According to a news release issued yesterday (June 19), the Trust will “develop and find a new use for the house in Tryon where Simone was born in 1933.” Last year, four African-American artists—conceptualist Adam Pendleton, sculptor and painter Rashid Johnson, filmmaker Ellen Gallagher, and painter Julie Mehretu—purchased the home for $95,000.

National Trust President and Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Meeks said, in an article syndicated by the Associated Press, that the Trust “will work with the home’s new owners and the community to honor Simone’s contributions to society and to ‘inspire new generations of artists and activists.’”

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