Johnny Cash left a legacy unmatched and memorabilia to go with it. An acoustic guitar built specifically for Cash is now on exhibit in the Iowa Great Lakes Region.
The abalone-inlaid acoustic guitar was purchased in tribute to and memory of Terry Graves of Grand Island, Neb. by his widow Sharon. She decided to buy the instrument at the auction of the Johnny and June Carter Cash estate.
The Graves were friends of Johnny and June. Terry Graves had been a devoted fan since the early 1960s and was called Grand Island's "Man in Black." Sharon attended both June and Johnny's funerals and decided to purchase the guitar when the announcement was made of the estate sale.
Now Sharon Graves Lind, she resides in Sioux Falls, S.D. Lind wanted the public to be able to see the unique guitar made by the ultimate guitar creator, Billy Grammer. "It is well preserved in a vault in Grand Island but I want to share it with the public. So many people adored and respected Johnny Cash," she said of her decision to bring the guitar to the Iowa RockNRoll Music Museum in Arnolds Park.
The exhibit "The Man in Black" opened this week, and will be open through Labor Day on Sept. 1. The Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Museum opens its doors daily at 11 a.m.