Arkansas Names February 26 ‘Johnny Cash Day’

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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