This past Wednesday would have been Johnny Cash’s birthday. On March 1, 1968, Johnny married June Carter at the Methodist Church in Franklin, Kentucky. Carter’s “Ring Of Fire” co-writer Merle Kilgore was best man.
While in Nashville this week, I took time to stop by the Johnny Cash Museum on Johnny Cash’s birthday. It is always a treat to go and visit the crew there while in town. Something that I didn’t know was that Johnny Cash was a member of the Future Farmers of America. Having been a member of the FFA and American Farmer Degree recipient, I was giddy upon seeing his FFA Membership card in the museum.
Johnny Cash FFA Membership Card – Photo by Jessica Blankenship
As you walk down the memories, you also see quite a bit of memorabilia of Johnny Cash and the Cash Family. I’ll be sharing some of those photos in upcoming weeks, so stay tune for those stories. For now, we shall all want a love like Johnny and June as no matter what, they stuck it out until death done them part.
Photos and Marriage License of Johnny Cash and June Carter – photo by Jessica Blankenship
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash Marriage License – photo by Jessica Blankenship
Poem that Johnny Cash wrote the day of June’s funeral – photo by Jessica Blankenship
Ever since the last time I visited the Johnny Cash Museum, I wanted to own a piece of memorabilia. I was tickled to death to see this piece of jewelry made by Johnny’s daughter, Tara Cash. I always guard my heart after so much loss in the past. Needless to say, it is an honor to have a piece of Cash history.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.