Help shape the future of the Nina Simone Childhood Home!

Nina Simone was the voice of her generation.

Her career spanned four decades, multiple genres, and several continents. Her artistry earned 15 Grammy nominations. Sending powerful messages about racial and gender inequality that had never been heard before, Simone defied expectations of what a black female musician should sound like and became a Civil Rights Movement icon. To date, her songs have been professionally sampled and covered more than 500 times, and she continues to inspire artists, musicians, and activists around the world.

Here’s a chance to share your reflections on Nina Simone’s life and legacy and your vision for her childhood home.

It all started at her childhood home in Tryon, North Carolina.

Perched in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this humble, three-room clapboard is where Simone honed the talent and ideas that shaped both her career and the social activism that was always interwoven with it. And while the music legend’s legacy lives on, her childhood home has not fared as well.

Vacant and deteriorated after years of disuse, its future was in question in 2017, when a group of contemporary African American artists answered the call and purchased the structure.

On June 19, the National Trust will travel to her hometown to celebrate Nina Simone’s life and legacy, and to pay tribute to the childhood home where she discovered her gift for the piano and where her lifelong journey of making music and challenging the status quo began.

From the places listed in the Green Book to the homes of icons like Nina Simone and Pauli Murray, join us in protecting and restoring places where significant African American history happened.

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