Piano in Nina Simone’s childhood home.

Nina Simone’s childhood home in Tryon is protected by a permanent easement from Preservation North Carolina. Photo: Nancy Pierce

Nina Simone Childhood Home Permanently Protected

Piano in Nina Simone’s childhood home.
Nina Simone’s childhood home in Tryon is protected by a permanent easement from Preservation North Carolina. Photo: Nancy Pierce

Singer’s homesite gains major support.

Located in Tryon, North Carolina, the former home of legendary singer Nina Simone—designated as a National Treasure in 2018—is now protected property that will be preserved for years to come.

This home is where Nina Simone taught herself to play piano at the age of three. Four African American visual artists—Adam Pendleton, Rashid Johnson, Ellen Gallagher, and Julie Mehretu—purchased the home in 2017 after it had fallen into disrepair. The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s (NTHP) African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund partnered with the World Monuments Fund and Preservation North Carolina to secure protection for Simone’s childhood home.

“Nina Simone—legendary musician, social justice champion, and global inspiration—defied constraints placed on Black female performers in the mid-twentieth century to become the voice of civil rights,” said Katherine Malone-France of NTHP.

“Simone’s legacy is as important as ever. In order to honor and carry forward her extraordinary legacy, a group of visionary artists and preservationists have collaborated to demonstrate their commitment to equity and racial justice by protecting this American landmark in perpetuity and ensuring that Simone’s unique talent continues to inspire and empower people through her childhood home.”

The preservation easement placed on the home by Preservation North Carolina ensures that the property owner will permanently protect the “authentic character” of the historic building.

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