Celebrating “The Man in Black” in Dyess This Weekend

 One of the Arkansas Delta’s legendary sons, Johnny Cash, would turn 80 on Feb. 26. Arkansas State University’s Arkansas Heritage SITES will host a Birthday Tribute on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Dyess Community Center, located at Ark. 297 and East 4th St. in Dyess. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

You can see part of a video of Cash returning to Dyess by clicking here.
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