Birthplace of Nina Simone Has Been Declared a ‘National Treasure’

The birthplace of iconic singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone now has been granted protection by The National Trust for Historic Preservation on Tuesday.

In a statement released by National Trust’s President/CEO, Stephanie Meeks, the home would be made an official National Treasure. “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.”

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The North Carolina 660-square-foot home went on the market in 2016 and was eventually purchased by four African American artists. The National Trust’s mission is to protect and preserve the home. Not only will it undergo a restoration campaign, but Phylicia Rashad will serve as advisor and ambassador.

Nina Simone real name Eunice Waymon, died at the age of 70 in 2003.

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