Tina Turner Heritage Days huge success – Flagg Grove School wows the crowd
Imagination, skill, help from the Queen of Rock-n-Roll herself and a lot of cash made for the successful debut of a world-class exhibit at the Delta Heritage Center. People from all over the world attended last weekend’s Tina Turner Heritage Days – the centerpiece of which was the renovated Flagg Grove School.
The Flagg Grove School, the childhood schoolhouse attended by Anna Mae Bullock who eventually changed her name to Tina Turner, has been completely restored and houses one-of-a-kind Turner memorabilia. Turner was involved in the design, assigning her personal decorator and secretary to the task. Both attended this weekend’s events. Turner also contributed many of the items on display.
The iconic rocker, who lives in Switzerland, did not attend but produced a video for the occasion. She said, “I stand for an example for poor children — to show them that it is possible,” Tina said. “If you just go straight ahead and stay on course you can achieve success; with determination despite hard times and not letting that stop you. I hope that as people walk through the school they see that I set an example for a hometown girl that grew up in hard times that made a good life for herself and to follow by example.”
Center executive director, Sonia Outlaw-Clark, said during the opening, “To be here today, opening the doors on this exhibit which will remain free to the general public, is truly a dream come true. The history that developed within the walls of the Flagg Grove School and the iconic impact of former student Anna Mae Bullock better known as Tina Turner is one that we are proud to celebrate in Brownsville.”