NASHVILLE, TN – Oct. 25, 2019 – Johnny Cash Museum Founder Bill Miller was presented by Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall with the recently discovered archive of the "Deputy Sheriff Commission Card" originally presented to Johnny Cash on Sept. 12, 1979. Featuring Johnny's photo, fingerprint and signature, the deputy sheriff card was issued to Cash by then-Davidson County Sheriff Fate Thomas.
Johnny Cash's Davidson County Deputy Sheriff Commission Card states: "By virtue of the power vested in me as Sheriff of Davidson County under the laws of Tennessee, I have this day deputized John R. Cash a Deputy Sheriff to execute any and all processes that may come into his hands and to maintain the peace and dignity of the State, and arrest any and all persons violating the Criminal laws of the State of Tennessee."
The artifact will become part of the collection at the Johnny Cash Museum.
The year 1979 was a banner year for the “Man in Black.” He recorded and released one of his many signature tunes, "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky," and attended a luncheon hosted by President Jimmy Carter at the White House. He performed for the President on NBC's "Country Stars of the 70s" at the Ford Theatre in Washington, D.C. In Music City, he served as the Grand Marshal of the Nashville Veterans Day Parade joined by his wife June Carter Cash and his father World War I veteran Ray Cash. In addition, Oct. 18, 1979 was declared "Johnny Cash Day" in Tennessee to honor the day Johnny Cash received a Humanitarian Award from the United Nations for his work with children.
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