National Trust for Historic Preservation launches crowdfunding campaign
Last June, Nina Simone’s childhood home in Tryon, North Carolina was designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Today (July 1) the organization is launching a crowdfunding campaign to help restore and preserve the late singer/civil rights activist’s home.
John Legend, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Talib Kweli, Mahershala Ali and Issa Rae are among the artists, musicians and actors who have pledged their support to raise funds to restore the home’s exterior. The clapboard pier and beam house helped inspire some of Simone’s most powerful work, including the songs “Mississippi Goddam” and “Four Women.”
The public can now make donations to the National Trust’s crowdfunding campaign through IndieGoGo and also buy newly designed Simone-inspired merchandise. Those items include T-shirts, artist prints, pins and postcards with artwork by North Carolina-based artist Dara Coulter. Additional merchandise donated by the aforementioned celebrities, including Kweli, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Ali and Rae, will also be available for purchase.