Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Saved and Made National Treasure

Beloved singer, pianist and activist Nina Simone grew up in a small house in Tryon, North Carolina—and over the years it’s been bought and sold several times, with some owners investing in its restoration. But recently the home was falling into disrepair, until last year several artists—Ellen Gallagher, Rashid Johnson, Julie Mehretu and Adam Pendleton—joined forces and bought it for $95K in order to save it. Now, its restoration will be the first project for the National Trust’s new African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. Not only that, but it’s been officially designated a National Treasure, so it won’t be left abandoned or misused again. Read more at Art News.