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Nina Simone’s birthplace and childhood home in Tyron, North Carolina – located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains – has been bought by a group of artists in order to preserve the house as an important historical site.
As the New York Times reports, four prominent black artists from NYC – conceptualist Adam Pendleton, sculptor and painter Rashid Johnson, collagist and filmmaker Ellen Gallagher and abstract painter Julie Mehretu – have split the £95,000 price tag for the purchase, which they describe 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,” said Pendleton.
Gallagher added: “She formed a lot of who I am and my sense of history. And I think of the town as a portal to a woman who influenced so many.”
Tyron resident Kevin McIntyre had previously worked to preserve the house, pooling his own resources into its restoration: “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.”
See pictures of the house and watch a 360-degree video of the home’s interior on the New York Times website.