Johnny Cash Year Long Birthday Celebration Planned, Starts With Groundbreaking At Childhood Home
February 7, 2012 at 12:34 PM (PT)
Country legend JOHNNY CASH, who would have turned 80 years old on FEBRUARY 26th, will be the focus of a series of tributes and celebrations in 2012, starting with the ground-breaking of the JOHNNY CASH BOYHOOD HOME PROJECT in DYESS, AR. Family members including CASH’s children ROSANNE, JOHN CARTER, CINDY and KATHY CASH TITTLE, plus at least seven of his grandchildren, will be on hand for the events. The ground-breaking is scheduled to take place on FEBRUARY 26th at 2p (CT) at the DYESS COMMUNITY CENTER and will be followed by a birthday tribute.
ROSEANNE said, "FEBRUARY 26th, 2012 marks the 80th anniversary of my father's birth. On that day, the extended CASH family will gather at his boyhood home in DYESS, ARKANSAS, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the JOHNNY CASH BOYHOOD HOME PROJECT: an undertaking long in the planning, and a great honor and thrill for our family. This entire year we celebrate not just his roots and history, but the breadth and depth of his artistic legacy, his spirit and authenticity, and the love and rhythm he brought to all our lives which continues to inspire millions of people around the globe."
The project will be a permanent tribute to CASH’s early life and that of his family's, as well as reflect on AMERICAN life during the 1930's GREAT DEPRESSION. ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY is leading the restoration of not only the house that CASH grew up in and its various outbuildings, along with several other DYESS historic buildings. It hopes to include the establishment of a JOHNNY CASH museum, a space for educational workshops, classes, and demonstrations, the creation of tourism-related jobs in the town, and provide scholarships to ASU for students from the DYESS area.
Also set for this year-long birthday celebration is the opening of the new JOHNNY CASH MUSEUM in DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE. On display will be many items from the HOUSE OF CASH that closed in 1999, as well as additional memorabilia endowed by the CASH family. Details will be announced shortly.
COLUMBIA/LEGACY will release a series of archive titles beginning with “Bootleg IV: The Soul of Truth” set for APRIL 3rd. In addition, three documentaries on Johnny Cash's life are in various stages of development.
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