The Hillsdale Fund and the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation, both of Greensboro, N.C. have made financial contributions to the National Treasure campaign to preserve and rehabilitate Nina Simone’s Childhood Home. We are so thankful for their generous support.
Their involvement will enable the National Trust—in close consultation with the home’s owners and local, state and national partners--to move forward with preserving the property and charting a sustainable future for the home. This includes drafting a rehabilitation and reuse plan for the structure, identifying potential ownership entities and stewardship models, recommending preservation protections, and seeking National Register of Historic Places designation for the home.
The National Trust will also convene a visioning workshop in Tryon to bring together the artist-owners, local artists, project partners, and National Trust staff to craft a strategy for integrating arts and culture programming into all future use opportunities.
This work will be undertaken under the umbrella of the National Trust's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, a multi-year initiative to uplift stories of African American achievement, activism, and community. To this end, the overarching goal of our Treasure campaign at Nina Simone’s Childhood Home is to ensure the home’s relevance to the cultural and educational vibrancy of the region, honor Simone's tremendous impact on American society, and inspire new generations of artists and activists to engage with her legacy.