Depression colony cashing in on Johnny Cash's fame - WSMV News 4

Depression colony cashing in on Johnny Cash's fame

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Associated Press

DYESS, Ark. (AP) - Historians are poised to open Johnny Cash's boyhood home to the public after recovering it from disrepair.

The country music icon grew up at a government collective in northeastern Arkansas, an hour north of Memphis, Tennessee. During the Depression, the government gathered 487 families and sold them cheap land in return for their contributions to the community. Cash's parents were among those accepted for the social experiment.

Also opening Saturday is the old Dyess Colony Administration Building, which now is a museum and the Dyess City Hall.

Former residents donated artifacts related to the town and to Cash, who died in 2003.

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