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    Thu, 09 Feb 2012 10:39:54

    Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Being Restored as Part of 80th Birthday Celebration - He would have been 80 on Feb. 26

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    Long live the man in black. Johnny Cash may have left this earthly plane, but we still celebrate him mightily. One key way Cash is being immortalized is through the restoration of his boyhood home.

    Cash would have turned 80 years old on Feb. 26 and he will be the focus of a series of tributes and celebrations in 2012, starting with the official ground-breaking of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project in Dyess, Arkansas. number of family members including Cash's children Rosanne, John Carter, Cindy and Kathy Cash Tittle, plus at least seven of his grandchildren, will be on hand for the launch event scheduled to take place Feb. 26, 2:00PM, at the Dyess Community Center, followed by a birthday tribute.

    Said Rosanne Cash, "February 26th, 2012 marks the 80th anniversary of my father's birth. On that day, the extended Cash family will gather at his boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home project: an undertaking long in the planning, and a great honor and thrill for our family. This entire year we celebrate not just his roots and history, but the breadth and depth of his artistic legacy, his spirit and authenticity, and the love and rhythm he brought to all our lives which continues to inspire millions of people around the globe."

    The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project will be a permanent tribute to Cash's early life and that of his family's, as well as reflect an historical slice of American life during the 1930's Great Depression. Arkansas State University is spearheading the restoration of not only the house that Cash grew up in and its various outbuildings, but has taken under its wing several other Dyess historic buildings in an effort to preserve the town's rich heritage. ASU's end-goals include the establishment of a Johnny Cash museum, a space for educational workshops, classes, and demonstrations, the creation of tourism-related jobs in the town, and providing scholarships to ASU for deserving students from the Dyess area.

    ASU's Dr. Ruth Hawkins, who initiated Arkansas's Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and other Arkansas heritage sites, is overseeing the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project. "We are working very hard to achieve authenticity in this restoration," said Dr. Hawkins. "Based on photos and the recollections of family members, the house will be furnished as it was during the 1930s and 1940s when the Cash family lived there. We've gone so far as to take core paint samples from the house and send them for lab analysis to ensure that we have the correct colors."

    Wow. That's intense. And amazing. History of the area and relating to Cash will be well remembered.

    What is your favorite Johnny Cash song?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    02.09.12



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