The Tina Turner Museum in Brownsville, Tenn., is seeing a surge in guests after her demise, even staying open late on Wednesday evening so followers might pay tribute.
“It is loopy round right here,” mentioned Sonia Outlaw-Clark, government director of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Middle and the Tina Turner Museum. “There have been a couple of folks leaving flowers.”
The museum is only a few miles from the place Tina Turner grew up in Nutbush, Tenn. The one-room museum is housed contained in the singer’s former schoolhouse, the restored Flagg Grove College. The college was constructed by her nice uncle in 1889.
“It nonetheless has authentic flooring, ceilings, and partitions. It nonetheless has the desk and benches from the varsity,” mentioned Outlaw-Clark.
The museum is crammed with Turner memorabilia reminiscent of her glowing tour costumes, gold data, photographs and art work. In addition they have Turner’s costume from the 1985 movie Mad Max Past Thunderdome.
“My favourite piece is the [high school] yearbook as a result of it reveals her earlier than she ever began her music profession,” mentioned Outlaw-Clark. “They requested the scholars what they needed to be, and he or she listed ‘entertainer.’ So we all know she had aspirations of that even earlier than she left Brownsville.”
Turner was well-known for her thrilling stay performances and her highly effective voice. However Outlaw-Clark advised Morning Version it is her life story that followers admire most.
“Her story of overcoming, turning into no matter you wish to be,” she mentioned. “And making issues occur no matter the place you got here from or what your circumstances are.” Celebrities everywhere in the world have additionally paid tribute to Turner on social media. Public figures — from Beyonce Knowles-Carter to President Biden have written statements honoring the singer.
The Tina Turner Museum plans to host a twilight memorial on Sunday night. The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Middle will even be internet hosting the Exit 56 Blues Fest this weekend. Outlaw-Clark expects attendance to double as extra folks pay tribute to Turner.
Ally Schweitzer edited the printed model of this story.