Thursday morning, Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash walked into The Johnny Cash Museum, a downtown space devoted to their late brother that is set to officially open in May.
First, they smiled at an old Martin guitar with a folded dollar bill stuck through the strings: In the 1950s, before he had a drummer, Johnny Cash used a dollar bill to create a percussive effect when he strummed the instrument.
Then, they looked left and saw a display filled with family photos and artifacts, from the Cashes’ hardscrabble 1940s days in Dyess, Ark. There was a radio like the one the family used to listen to the “Grand Ole Opry.” There was Johnny’s Future Farmers of America card, and a school yearbook page. And then it was hard to see through the tears.
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