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Arkansas Gov Donates $100k towards Johnny Cash Home Restoration

Mar 4, 2016

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday night he will donate $100,000 from his discretionary account towards restoring Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess.    

According to Arkansas State University’s Facebook page, Hutchinson made the announcement at the fundraising event for the ongoing project at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.  Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash was also at the event to talk about the restoration project of her father’s home. 

In an interview before the event with KUAR’s Michael Hibblen, Cash says the family will generally turn down projects involving her father.  She said when A-State wanted to buy the home in 2011, they felt it was a great way to honor his legacy.

"We knew it would be important to my Dad," Cash said.  "He always talked about where he grew up.  He was so proud of it.  And he had even written a letter to my mother from the Air Force saying, 'every rock, every stone, every inch of dirt is important to me, from that place--from Dyess'."

Listen to full interview here.