The Fate Of Nina Simone’s Childhood Home

My colleague Jerry Wade has alerted me to the following story from ‘Nina Simone’s distinctive voice, sultry blend of classical, blues, and gospel music, and penchant for activism have ensured that the artist’s decades-long legacy still endures today. In recent years, broader recognition of Simone’s significance has included the Oscar-nominated documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? release in 2015; NPR’s inclusion of her 1965 I Put a Spell on You as the number three album on their 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women list; and her 2018 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But what of the significant physical places in her life? A few years ago, little was known about Simone’s childhood home in Tryon, North Carolina, but in 2017 the fate of this humble, three-room clapboard was permanently altered.’

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