The event will feature Cash’s family members offering personal tributes and sharing memories and singing. The tribute also serves as a kick-off for the restoration of the house Cash’s parents lived in from 1935 until 1954.
The Cash family relocated to Dyess in 1935 when J.R. (later to become known as Johnny) was three-years-old. Cash would call Dyess home until 1950, when he left home shortly after graduating from high school.
Arkansas State University purchased the home in 2011 and hosted a celebrity-filled fundraising concert last August that raised over $300,000 for the restoration project. Cash’s family, including his children and his brother and sister, has been involved with the efforts to restore the home. Plans are underway for the 2nd annual Johnny Cash Music Festival in October 2012.
For additional information, contact the Arkansas Heritage Sites Office at Arkansas State University at 870-972-2803.