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.
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.
Located in Tryon, North Carolina, the home is where Simone taught herself to play piano at age 3, according to NTHP. 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.
“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,”
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.”