Over 200 fans from around the world are expected to converge on Brownsville, Tenn., next week as the community plans to celebrate Tina Turner. Events begin Friday, September 28, 5 p.m., with a special fan reception and ribbon cutting at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center and will continue on Saturday, September 29, with a Tina Turner Tribute Concert at the former Carver High School gymnasium.
Members of the International Tina Turner Fan Club will be honored at a reception beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a special “Fan’s Ribbon Cutting” of the historic Flagg Grove School at 6:30, Friday, Sept. 28. The African-American schoolhouse was recently moved to the Delta Heritage Center where it is being restored and will be used to house memorabilia of its most famous student along with interpretive exhibits depicting the history of the school. Among the special guests for the ribbon cutting is International Fan Club President Elle Denneman, who will be traveling from the Netherlands. The ribbon cutting is a free public event.
“We are excited to meet and host so many of Tina’s fans in her home county,” says Center Director Sonia Outlaw-Clark.” According to Clark, a charter bus is coming from Oklahoma; and other fans from around the world are flying into Memphis to join the celebration.
Fans will get an opportunity to hear a professional tribute show Saturday when the Starr Fisher Band comes to Carver High School, 709 East Jefferson. Carver is the Brownsville high school Turner attended.
Starr Fisher, a former Miss Black Oklahoma, is known for her high energy show focusing on the music of Tina Turner. Also appearing with Fisher will be several young musicians from ’s Spotlight Program. They are participating in a multi-cultural exchange between the City of Brownsville and Muskogee. The concert begins at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Flagg Grove School restoration.
Tickets are available online at www.westtnheritage.com. Due to limited parking at the concert, attendees are asked to park at the Haywood County Justice Center, 100 South Dupree, where shuttles will be available. For more information, contact the Center at 731-779-9000.