The Man in Black and the Scarlet and Black of Arkansas State University did not have much in common other than being from Arkansas but the restoration project by the university's Heritage Sites program has united the two.
Thursday night Governor Asa and First Lady of Arkansas Susan Hutchinson joined with Arkansas State to host a fund-raiser at the Governor's Mansion to support the continued restoration of the Dyess Colony and Cash home. The event was headlined by Johnny Cash's daughter Roseanne, a multiple Grammy Award winner.
Governor Hutchinson announced that he had released $100,000 in discretionary funds to support the Heritage Sites project.
Arkansas State University acquired the property in 2010 and has renovated the Cash and the former Colony administration building. The Cash family has been involved with the project providing insight on how the home looked when occupied and the contents of the home, in addition to using contacts within the music industry to raise money through the now discontinued Johnny Cash Music Festival.
The property is open for tours.
Video produced by Arkansas State about the project