The childhood 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 with the intention of protecting it.
National Trust President and Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Meeks says the trust will work with the home’s new owners and the community to honor Simone’s contributions to society and to “inspire new generations of artists and activists.” Possible new uses include an artist residency program and public tours of the home.
The three-room, 660-square-foot (60-square-meter) home went on the market in 2016.
Simone’s original name was Eunice Waymon. She died in 2003 at the age of 70 and was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.