libralion wrote:Hi everybody,
The school Tina went to as a child will be renovated. Thanks Billy King!
Here are photos and an article about it.
"Tina Turner's old Flagg Grove School House move and restoration
· 1866 Tina Turner's great, great grandfather Logan Currie signs a labor contract in Madison County, Tennessee, with Jesse Currie, the man that owned him during slavery. In exchange for land and the resources to cultivate it, Logan promises to grow grain and cotton. Such arrangements came to be known as sharecropping.
· 1889 Benjamin B. Flag, the older brother of Tina Turner's maternal great grandfather, George Flag, sells one acre of his land for a school, Flag Grove School House, in Haywood County, Tennessee.
· 1939 Tina Turner is born Anna Mae Bullock in Haywood, Tennessee.
Present Tina Turner is among the most influential R & B, Rock and Soul performers of all time. She began her singing career first in church as a young girl then on to become one of the most loved performers of our time winning 8 Grammy Awards and an induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
Tina Turner attended this small school as a child and lived close to the tree line visible in the background behind the old school house.
The Big Black Creek Historical Association, Haywood County and The City of Brownsville are involved in a project to move Tina's old school from the farm field to a space at The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center at exit 56 off of Interstate 40. The building will be restored and open to the public.
Brownsville Aldermen vote to preserve historic school
BROWNSVILLE TN (APRIL10, 2012):Flagg Grove School , in the Nutbush community, is one of only a few remaining African-American schoolhouses in Haywood County . The Brownsville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Tuesday evening to help preserve the school where music legend Tina Turner once attended grade school, by funding its move to the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center . Once at the Center, the school will be restored and become a part of the Center's permanent exhibits.
The one room school has significant historical value for the community and can be tied directly to Turner's ancestry. The land the school is built on was bought from Benjamin Flagg in 1889. Flagg was a former slave who came from North Carolina after the Civil War. He was also the brother of George Flagg, Turner's great-grandfather. The school closed in the 1960s and has since been used as a barn.
"Ideally, we would love to preserve Flagg Grove School on its original acre of ground," explains Delta Heritage Center Director Sonia Outlaw-Clark, "but since this is not possible, it just makes sense to move it where it can be restored and seen by the most people."
The building, along with other artifacts found in the school, is being donated to the Center by local restaurateurs Pam and Joe Stephens. "Pam and I wanted to save the building," says Stephens. "It's an important piece of Haywood County history." The building has been owned by the Stephens family since the late 60s.
Moving the school to the Center ties directly to the mission of the Center which is to promote the heritage of the region and increase tourism in rural West Tennessee . "The school will become an integral part in telling our story," says Clark, "especially where education and music are concerned in Haywood County ."
Regarding the efforts to save the school and open it to the public, Tina Turner commented: " I'm pleased to know that children from around the world, who stop at the Visitor's Center in Brownsville, will be able to visualize what it was like growing up during the era of my childhood."
While the City will fund the initial move, the preservation work will continue through fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Delta Heritage Center ; a non-profit group who supports the work of the Center. Anyone wishing to help with these efforts can contact the Center at 731-779-9000, or donations can be made payable to the Friends of the Center, 121 Sunny Hill Cove, Brownsville , TN 38012 .
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center is a tourist information center and home to three regional museums depicting the history and culture of the West Tennessee people. Inside visitors will find the Cotton Museum , the West Tennessee Music Museum and the Hatchie River Museum . Over 20,000 people toured the Center in 2011 from 38 countries. To learn more about the Center, visitwww.westtnheritage.com or call 731-779-9000.
CAPTION: The former Flagg Grove School , located in the Nutbush community of Haywood County , Tenn. , had been used as a barn for the last 40 years. Owner Joe Stephens stands in front of the building that will soon be moved to the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville . Plans for the school includes interpretive exhibits about African-American education as well as a Tina Turner exhibit. Turner attended the school in the 1940s.
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