Cash`s childhood home turned into museum

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2011, 09:04 AM IST

Los Angeles: Legendary singer Johnny Cash`s childhood home in Dyess, Arkansas is being restored and turned into a museum.

The family home, where the `Walk The Line` singer grew up, has been bought by the State University and will be made into a museum dedicated to the star with money raised by The Johnny Cash Music Festival, reported Examiner online.

The inaugural festival, to be held at the university on August 4, will include performances by members of Cash`s family including his eldest daughter Rosanne, brother Tommy and son John Carter with his wife Laura.

"The rich gumbo dirt here made his spirit strong. His music came from here, as well as his faith and his family. He learned to work hard early in life," said Carter.

"What a blessing this festival will be. I look forward to being a part of the show. I see the restoration at Dyess, as being a museum of the American spirit. People recognise the authenticity of Daddy`s music, and it touched their hearts. He was genuine, and his life was an open book."

Cash passed away in 2003 at his home in Nashville from complications related to diabetes.

Locals have compared the museum to an Arkansas version of Elvis Presley`s home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee, which was converted into a museum dedicated to the singer after his death and remains a popular tourist attraction.

PTI