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Nina Simone Childhood Home gets protection with a preservation easement

The Singer's home, located in Tryon, North Carolina is now protected with a preservation easement held by Preservation North Carolina
Nina Simone Childhood Home
Nina Simone Childhood Home - Photograph © Nancy Pierce

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, in partnership with World Monuments Fund (WMF) and Preservation North Carolina, recently secured protection of Nina Simone’s childhood home. The home, located in Tryon, North Carolina is now protected with a preservation easement held by Preservation North Carolina, a statewide historic preservation advocacy organization.

A preservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement where the present and all future property owners agree to permanently protect a historic building’s authentic character. However, the easement will not impede rehabilitation of the home, but ensure its historic character is maintained indefinitely and prevent demolition."

Simone's sheet music and period-style piano remain from previous efforts to use the house as museum
Simone's sheet music and period-style piano remain from previous efforts to use the house as museum - Photograph © Nancy Pierce

"In 2018, the National Trust, as a part of its African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, designated Nina Simone’s Childhood Home as a National Treasure and joined with its owners and partners - World Monuments Fund, The Nina Simone Project, and the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission - to preserve the home. The National Treasure campaign seeks to develop and implement a preservation strategy for the home in the areas of rehabilitation, protection and future uses that ensure that the symbol of Simone’s early life and legacy will endure for generations to come."

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