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A trip to the Tina Turner Museum

The Queen of Rock and Roll comes home.

Written By:  Margaret Littman

Photographers:  Supplied

From the outside it looks like a classic one-room schoolhouse. From the inside, it is something else. As of September 26, 2014, the Brownsville, Tenn. Flagg Grove School is the home of the Tina Turner Museum, an homage to a native daughter. Turner (then known as Anna Mae Bullock) attended the African-American school while growing up in nearby Nutbush (hence the title for her hit, "Nutbush City Limits").

The museum houses costumes, platinum and gold records, fan mail, an old yearbook and other artifacts in sleek, modern displays that are juxtapositioned against old wood floors, chalkboards and wooden desks. The gift shop features quirky items that remind you of the uber-star's rural roots: kudzu- and cotton boll- scented candles, for example. A standing room only crowd—including an Ikette, international fan club members and several politicians—cut the ribbon at the new facility.

The museum, which is adjacent to the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free.

121 Sunny Hill Cove, Brownsville; 731-779-9000; westtnheritage.com

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