Legendary country artist and Arkansas native Johnny Cash is about to get his own holiday.
On Tuesday, April 20, the Arkansas House gave final approval to a bill that would make February 26 “Johnny Cash Day.” The House voted 92-0 to send the measure to Gov. Asa Hutchinson. According to his office, he will sign it.
The state Senate approved the bill earlier this month. "Johnny Cash Day" won’t be a legal holiday but instead will be a memorial day marked by an annual proclamation from the Governor.
Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas: a tiny town about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of Little Rock. After joining the Air Force, Cash moved to Memphis, Tennessee and became a star.
In 2019, the Arkansas legislature voted to replace its two statues at the U.S. Capitol with ones of Johnny Cash and civil rights leader Daisy Bates. A fundraising effort is underway for both statues.
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