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Johnny Cash Museum Planned for Nashville

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Johnny Cash fans may soon have another destination to add to their travel plans. The Tennessean reports that Cash biographer, William W. Miller Jr., is spearheading an effort to open a Johnny Cash Museum in a former warehouse in downtown Nashville.

“He’s been an incredible supporter of my dad and one of the largest collectors of memorabilia,” Johnny’s daughter Rosanne Cash says of Miller. “If anybody has the whole structure to put up a museum, he does. So I have a lot of trust in him, and I think it’s great at this point. I think he’ll do something with dignity and class that’s historically important, not some kitschy thing. I’m very interested in seeing what he does.”

According to the facility’s Facebook page, it will include items from Johnny and wife June Carter Cash‘s former home in Hendersonville, Tenn., such as timbers, wrought-iron gates, railings and a portion of a small wall. In addition, the original sign for the ‘House of Cash,’ which was posted outside the Man in Black’s childhood home in Dyess, Ark., as part of a Cash family-operated attraction, will also be on display.

In the past, William W. Miller, Jr. had expressed plans to find a permanent place for items from his personal Johnny Cash collection.

“There’s some fragile stuff here and every time it’s transported, there is a risk of something getting broken or something getting lost,” he told The Press Enterprise of Riverside, Calif., in 2006 (quote via the Nashville Tennessean).

There have been several speculations that lyric sheets for ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ and ‘Walk the Line’ as well as gold records, guitars, tour posters and artwork made by Johnny will be included.

An official announcement regarding the museum is planned for the week of Feb. 13, 2012.

Also expected in coming months is ‘Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth,’ which is being released as part of an ongoing celebration of Johnny’s 80th birthday, which would have been on Feb. 26. The collection will be released on April 3 at all digital and retail outlets.

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