Singer Nina Simone’s childhood home is forever spared from demolition after a new agreement was reached in North Carolina.
The house now has permanent protection from being destroyed or significantly altered, the National Trust for Historic Preservation said Tuesday in a news release.
The nonprofit says it teamed up with Preservation North Carolina and World Monuments Fund to get a protection easement, in which a property owner agrees to maintain the character of a historic building.
“When the place disappears, frequently, the story does too,” Myrick Howard, president of Preservation N.C., said in the release. “Easements are one of the most important tools we have to save places and their stories. We are beyond delighted and honored to be a part of preserving not just Nina Simone’s childhood home, but the powerful story of her roots in North Carolina.”