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Johnny Cash House
Fri August 16, 2013
Concert To Raise Money For Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home
On Saturday, Vince Gill will headline the 3rd annual Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Cash's siblings Tommy and Joanne Cash, the Gatlin Brothers and others will also be performing.
Proceeds will go toward the restoration of Cash’s boyhood home in the east Arkansas town of Dyess. The town's administration building and an old movie theater will also be restored to tell the history of the Dyess Colony, which was created during the Great Depression as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's new deal.
Work on the home has been ongoing since February 2012. Restoration of the house is complete, with efforts now focused on furnishing it to the same way it appeared when the Cash family lived there, beginning in 1935.
Johnathan Reaves of station KASU spoke with Dr. Ruth Hawkins of Arkansas State University's Arkansas Heritage Sites program, who is overseeing the project. You can hear his report above.