Johnny Cash’s colonial past

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Johnny Cash’s colonial past

Famous singer raised on government collective in Arkansas
Rain clouds gather over the childhood home, dating to the mid 1930s, of singer Johnny Cash in Dyess, Ark. Money and memorabilia from Johnny Cash’s family and friends have helped historians restore a significant part of the Historic Dyess Colony, a government collective built to pull Depression-era families out of poverty.
An exhibit of singer Johnny Cash’s memorabilia can be seen in the restored Dyess Colony Administration Building in Dyess, Ark.
Elementary school books sit on a chest in a bedroom of a home where singer Johnny Cash spent much of his childhood in Dyess, Ark.
Daylight filters through lace curtains onto an oil lamp behind a family photograph in singer Johnny Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Ark. The modest Depression-era home is now open for tours.
Dyess, Ark., Mayor Larry Sims discusses the history of the Dyess Colony in front of the colony’s restored Depression-era administration building. Singer Johnny Cash spent his childhood at a home in the colony.
A shaving mug, left, belonging to the family of singer Johnny Cash is displayed in the singer’s childhood home in Dyess, Ark. Cash spent much of his childhood years in the home that was part of the Resettlement Administration’s Dyess Colony.
Ruth Hawkins, executive director of Arkansas State University’s Heritage Sites Program, explains a map of the Resettlement Administration’s Dyess Colony in Dyess, Ark.

Johnny Cash’s colonial past

Rain clouds gather over the childhood home, dating to the mid 1930s, of singer Johnny Cash in Dyess, Ark. Money and memorabilia from Johnny Cash’s family and friends have helped historians restore a significant part of the Historic Dyess Colony, a government collective built to pull Depression-era families out of poverty.
An exhibit of singer Johnny Cash’s memorabilia can be seen in the restored Dyess Colony Administration Building in Dyess, Ark.
Elementary school books sit on a chest in a bedroom of a home where singer Johnny Cash spent much of his childhood in Dyess, Ark.
Daylight filters through lace curtains onto an oil lamp behind a family photograph in singer Johnny Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Ark. The modest Depression-era home is now open for tours.
Dyess, Ark., Mayor Larry Sims discusses the history of the Dyess Colony in front of the colony’s restored Depression-era administration building. Singer Johnny Cash spent his childhood at a home in the colony.
A shaving mug, left, belonging to the family of singer Johnny Cash is displayed in the singer’s childhood home in Dyess, Ark. Cash spent much of his childhood years in the home that was part of the Resettlement Administration’s Dyess Colony.
Ruth Hawkins, executive director of Arkansas State University’s Heritage Sites Program, explains a map of the Resettlement Administration’s Dyess Colony in Dyess, Ark.
If you go

JOHNNY CASH-DYESS COLONY: 108 Center Drive, Dyess, Arkansas; http://dyesscash.astate.edu/ or (870) 972-2803. Admission: $10 includes the museum and a visit to Cash’s boyhood home.
Location: The Dyess Colony is off Interstate 55 about an hour north of Memphis, Tennessee.
CONSIDER BRINGING: Bug spray. This is eastern Arkansas and Dyess was reclaimed from bottomlands in the Arkansas Delta. Mosquitoes can be annoying.

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