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Nina Simone's home named National Treasure

LEGACY: Nina Simone

THE NORTH Carolina house where Nina Simone was born has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Stephanie Meeks, president/CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said in a press release: “Nina Simone’s distinctive voice and social critique in the mid-20th century was unlike anything America had ever heard before. While her musical and social justice legacy burns bright, her childhood home has been neglected.

"We’re delighted to work with the home’s new owners and the local community to chart a new future for the property that will honor her tremendous contributions to American society and inspire new generations of artists and activists to engage with her legacy.”

HOME: Nina Simone's North Carolina house (Photo credit: The National Trust)

Brent Leggs, director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, added: “The National Trust for Historic Preservation will fill an important gap in our country’s cultural heritage landscape, inspire a new generation and further our vision of a stronger, more united America where all our stories are reflected in the places that surround us.”

Actor Phylicia Rashad will serve as both an advisor and ambassador for the Simone restoration campaign. Rashad is co-chair of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund’s National Advisory Council. Its membership is comprised of scholars, activists, elected officials, and philanthropists among others.

According to News One, the legendary singer's home is now a vacant wooden cottage with three rooms and measuring 660-square feet. The house was put on the market in 2016 and was recently purchased by four black artists to maintain Simone’s legacy.

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