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Nina Simone’s childhood home saved forever
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:02

From Staff Reports 

TRYON — The protection of Nina Simone’s childhood home recently was secured by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, in partnership with World Monuments Fund and Preservation North Carolina, according to a Sept. 8 press release.

The Tryon native’s bearing and stage presence earned her the title “the High Priestess of Soul.” She was a pianist, singer and performer, as she said, “separately, and simultaneously.” As a composer and arranger, Simone moved from gospel to blues, jazz and folk, and to numbers with European classical styling. She lived from 1933 to 2003.

“The home, located in Tryon, is now protected with a preservation easement held by Preservation North Carolina, a statewide historic preservation advocacy organization,” the release stated.

A preservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement where a property owner agrees to permanently protect a historic building’s authentic character. With the easement in place, the home is now protected indefinitely, with the agreement carrying forward to all future owners. While protecting the home, the easement will not impede rehabilitation of the home, but ensure its historic character is maintained and prevent demolition.

“Preservation N.C. has long been in the business of saving the places that matter to the diverse communities of North Carolina — and equally important, we are committed to telling the stories of those places,” Preservation NC President Myrick Howard was quoted as saying in the release. “When the place disappears, frequently, the story does too. Easements are one of the most important tools we have to save places and their stories. We are beyond delighted and honored to be a part of preserving not just Nina Simone’s childhood home, but the powerful story of her roots in North Carolina.”



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