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The Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School Set to be Simply the Best Addition to Tennessee Tourism

Tina Turner Museum opens in Tennessee

Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock and Roll, finds a permanent home near Nutbush City Limits with the grand opening of the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School today, Friday 26th September in Brownsville, Tennessee. The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center is proud to announce the addition of the museum which is housed inside the restored Flagg Grove School (the one room school Tina attended during her childhood).  Working with Tina and her team the exhibit will feature multiple costumes, video, audio and personal commentary from Tina herself.

 “When we first discovered the Flagg Grove School and started developing ideas on preserving the structure, we could have never dreamed that we would be where we are today,” enthuses West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center Executive Director Sonia Outlaw Clark.  “Working with Tina's team has been such a rewarding experience and the memorabilia we are unveiling have not been previously assembled nor on public view.  Her story is intertwined with that of her classmates several of whom will be in attendance.”

Designed by renowned interior designer Stephen Sills, the museum sanctioned by Tina will serve as a physical representation of her iconic impact.

Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School, Tennessee 

About Tina Turner

Tina Turner continues to be one of the world’s most popular entertainers around the globe earning her the title as “The Queen of Rock n Roll.” Turner is recognized as the most successful female rock artist, winning an enviable eight Grammys. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Tina as selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. Turner’s combined album and single sales total approximately 100 million copies worldwide. Rolling Stone ranked her as 17 on the list of “Top 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” In 1991, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2005 she was recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.


About Flagg Grove School

Flagg Grove School, from the Nutbush, TN community in West Tennessee near Brownsville, is one of only a few remaining African-American one room schoolhouses. The humble clapboard structure holds significant historical value for the community as the land the school was built on was purchased 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, Tina's great-grandfather. The school closed in the 1960s and sat dormant until the move in 2012 to the WTDHC.

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