Legendary musician Johnny Cash would have been 80 years old in 2012. His childhood hometown of Dyess is celebrating by breaking ground on the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project to preserve the house where he spent his formative years. The events take place on February 26, Cash’s actual birthdate.
Johnny’s children -- Rosanne, John Carter, Cindy, and Kathy Cash Tittle, along with at least seven of his grandchildren -- are to attend the 2 p.m. ceremony at the Dyess Community Center, which will be followed by a birthday tribute. Plans call for the home and its outbuildings to be restored along with other building in town which were part of the New Deal-era Dyess Colony.
Family photos and the memories of relatives are being used in the renovation. It will be furnished and decorated as it was when the family lived there in the 1930s and '40s. ASU plans to establish a museum and a space for workshops, demonstrations and classes.