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Arkansas To Honor Favorite Son With Annual Johnny Cash Day

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Michael Hibblen

The Man in Black is about to get his own day in Arkansas.

The Arkansas House on Tuesday gave unanimous final approval to a bill that would make Feb. 26 “Johnny Cash Day,” sending it to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who plans to sign it.

The day won’t be a legal holiday but instead will be a memorial day marked by an annual proclamation from the governor.

It is the state’s latest effort to honor Cash, who was born in tiny Kingsland, about 60 miles south of Little Rock. His boyhood home in Dyess has been restored over the last decade.

The Legislature in 2019 voted to replace its two statues at the U.S. Capitol with ones of Cash and civil rights leader Daisy Bates.

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