It’s official! The childhood home of the legendary Nina Simone will be preserved as a historical site.
Four prominent Black artists out of New York City joined forces and split the $95,000 price tag to seal the deal. Conceptualist Adam Pendleton, sculptor and painter Rashid Johnson, collagist and filmmaker Ellen Gallagher and abstract painter Julie Mehretu describe this move as “an act of art, but also of politics.”
“We don’t have a blueprint for our ideas yet, but I think sometimes artists are the best people to deal with really tricky questions – like, for instance, how to honor the legacy of someone as vital and complicated as Nina Simone.” – Adam Pendleton
On the foothill of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the home is located in Tyron, North Carolina. A resident, Kevin McIntyre has worked on restoring the home. He added,
“This is really what we’ve been praying for. We wanted a place that, in the right hands, would become inspirational not only as a relic of the past but as a catalyst for right now.”
Here are some photos of the home, taken by Travis Dove of the New York Times:
Magic happens when we join forces and build community.