Renovation Funded by Festival
Johnny Cash's Home Turned into Museum
Johnny Cash's childhood home in Dyess, Arkansas is being restored and renovated into a museum. The "Man in Black"'s home has been purchased by the State University and will transformed using money raised by the Johnny Cash Music Festival. The inaugural festival, which will be held at the university on August 4, will feature performances by members of Johnny's family including his eldest daughter Roseanne, brother Tommy and son John Carter Cash. "The rich gumbo dirt here made his spirit strong. His music came from here, as well as his faith and his family. He learned to work hard early in life," said John Carter Cash. He continued, "I see the restoration at Dyess as being a museum of the American spirit. People recognize the authenticity of Daddy's music, and it touched their hearts. He was genuine, and his life was an open book." The museum is being likened to an Arkansas version of Elvis Presley's home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee, which was converted into a museum to the singer after his death. "Now everyone can go to Dyess and touch the house he grew up in. They can see how far he came to get to where he was," said Roseanne Cash to the North Eastern Arkansas Town Crier newspaper. Other performers set for the festival include George Jones and Kris Kristofferson, with more set to be added.