Hutchinson commits $100,000 to Johnny Cash home project

Hutchinson commits $100,000 to Johnny Cash home project

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Governor Asa Hutchinson is committed to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home project in Dyess.

At the recent concert, "An Evening with Rosanne Cash," the governor announced a commitment of $100,000 from the general discretionary account toward the Arkansas State University's Heritage Sites program.

"As we promote Arkansas tourism, we recognize that a significant part of the future of tourism in this state is our heritage sites, including the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess," Hutchinson said. "The support of the Cash family and the connection to Rosanne Cash to this state is significant, and I am delighted that the state can continue to support Arkansas State University in preserving these heritage sites for the next generation."

The funds will go toward additional Cash outbuildings, including moving and refurbishing existing colony structures and acquiring materials from original Dyess colony buildings for use in reconstruction, according to a news release from A-State.

A barn will be built and adapted inside for use as a classroom, office, conference and special event place.

The estimated cost of these projects is $500,000 and will come from privately raised funds and grants.

The Dyess Colony was created in 1934 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal to aid in the nation's economic recovery from the Great Depression. As a federal agricultural resettlement community, it provided a fresh start for nearly 500 impoverished Arkansas farm families, including the family of music legend Johnny Cash.

The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opened in August 2014, along with exhibits in the Historic Dyess Colony Administration Building. The Arkansas State University Heritage Site is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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