PICS: The late jazz artist and activist Nina Simone's birthplace gets protection status

2018-06-22 21:00
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Nina Simone's birthplace is being preserved in North Carolina with the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (Photo: Rene Perez / AP)

The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone now has the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The trust said in a news release Tuesday that it will develop and find a new use for the house in Tryon where Simone was born in 1933.

Last year, four African-American artists purchased the home.

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National Trust President and Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Meeks says the trust will work with the home's new owners and the community to honour Simone's contributions to society and to "inspire new generations of artists and activists."

The three-room, 60-square-metre home went on the market in 2016.

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Simone's original name was Eunice Waymon. She died in 2003 at the age of 70.

See pics of Nina Simone and her birthplace below:

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Jazz singer, Nina Simone, in London in 1968. (Photo: AP)

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The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone in Tyron, NC. (Photo: Nancy Pierce / AP)

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The interior room of the home of jazz singer Nina Simone in Tryon, NC. (Photo: Nancy Pierce / AP)

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Nina Simone performs at Avery Fisher Hall in New York in 1985. (Photo: Rene Perez / AP)

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The birthplace of jazz singer Nina Simone in Tryon, NC. (Photo: Nancy Pierce / AP)