Hi everybody, I decided to create some new pages with all the info about the Flagg Grove School, the school Tina went to when she was young. As you all probably know the school has been moved to a new location and will be completely renovated. That costs a lot of money though, so they keep organising fundraising events. You can always donate here. I start with the latest news and you can go on reading to the start of this enterprise. I want to credit Sonia Outlaw-Clark, director of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, Elle Denneman, President of the Tina Turner Fanclub, Michael L. Anthamatten, Keith Alton Gambill, Tim Batross, Laurel Hudgens Herring and Billy King, the president of The Big Black Creek Historical Association for all their info and photos.
This is what Tina said about the Flagg Grove School in the Vogue of March 2013.
Lets go back to Nutbush one more time. They moved the Flagg Grove School, that you went to when you were a child, to the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. Were you part of this project?
TT: In my song “Nutbush City Limits” I sing “Church house, gin house, schoolhouse, outhouse”. But the school of which I sang was a school for white people. It wasn’t my school. So when I got the message that they moved a school from Nutbush to the Center I thought: “Oh no they attach my name to a school for white people!”. It is ok, but I don’t want to be involved! But later on I learned that Flagg Grove was moved, the school I mean, and that is the one that I went to. The school and the land on which it stood belonged to my great grandfather Benjamin Flagg… Now I am involved and that will become even stronger with time, since I know that is has all to do with my background, with my family. And I am very proud that I am the one of my family that can preserve this history.
At the website of the Heritage center they say that the Flagg Grove school is one of the few preserved afro-american schools. What kind of school was it and what kind of memories do you have of the school? Were you a good student?
TT: Just one room! And there were lessons for 3 groups, from one to 3. The school was from 8 in the morning till 3 in the afternoon. I walked to school, because there were no busses. I went with my sister and on the way we met other schoolmates who also lived in our village. It was really nice. I wasn’t a very good student, but my schoolmates and my teacher liked me. That did help me to succeed. My true talent was in another area, that helped me through my life, my talent for singing and dancing.
29 Sept. 2015
Interview with Rhonda Graam, Tina Turner’s personal assistant at the Tina Turner Heritage Days 2015.
19 March 2015
Tina Turner was honored with 9 Museum Awards!
Wednesday the 18th of March 2015 at the Tennessee Association of Museums Conference, the Discovery Park of America in Union City. the Tina Turner Museum received 9 awards.
Here is the press release:
The Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School proved once again that it truly is Simply The Best addition to Tennessee Tourism winning nine awards at The Tennessee Association of Museums Conference. In a ceremony at Discovery Park of America, West TN Delta Heritage Center Executive Director Sonia Outlaw-Clark and her team received a variety of awards; however, being acknowledged as an inaugural “Past President’s” Award capped the night’s acknowledgements.
“I was hoping that we would be honored with some TAM awards for the hard work that this community and the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center team conducted to not only restore, but also launch the new addition to the center,” says Sonia Outlaw-Clark. “However, to be honored nine times was a dream come true, especially in the most prestigious category, ‘Past President’s’ Award. I am grateful for how the Tina Turner Museum has impacted the region and to have many of the team in attendance that night was a true blessing.”
The Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School located on the grounds of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, received a total of nine awards at the Tennessee Association of Museums Conference on Wednesday, March 18th at the Discovery Park of America in Union City. The full list of awards is below:
Award of Excellence – Past President’s Award
Award of Excellence – Special Recognition Tina Turner
Award of Excellence – Permanent Exhibition Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School
Award of Excellence – Special Event “Grand Opening of Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School”
Award of Excellence – Volunteerism Sandra and Fred Silverstein
Award of Excellence – Special Recognition Ann and Pat Mann
Award of Excellence – Publication: Book/Catalog Life Perspectives 7 Award Winning West TN Artists
Award of Commendation – Superlative Achievement for Publications: PR Kit PLA Media-Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School
Award of Commendation – Publications: Flat Paper The Art of Farming brochure
And here is the entire article about it:
“Tina Turner honored with museum award
NORTH JACKSON — Tina Turner was honored Thursday in North Jackson with the 2015 Tennessee Association of Museums Award of Excellence for the Delta Heritage Center, which is located in Turner’s childhood school.
The center says Flagg Grove School in Nutbush was actually built by her great uncle.
Officials tell us it was a one-room school where all ages were taught.
We spoke with Turner’s personal assistant who tells us she’s excited about the new honor.
“She is very honored and proud because she recognizes that it brings up her roots in the area and just thrilled that it’s brought recognition to the community and everything and its doing well for students and everyone,” Turner’s longtime personal assistant Rhonda Graam said.
Graam says Turner was not able to accept the award in person due to health-related issues. She currently lives in Switzerland.”