Nina Simone

Birth Name: Eunice Kathleen Waymon

Date of Birth: February 21, 1933

Place of Birth: Tryon, North Carolina

Date of Death: April 21, 2003

Place of Death: Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France

Ethnicity: African-American

Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She was the daughter of Mary Kate (Irvin), a Methodist minister, and John Divine Waymon, a handyman and dry cleaning business owner. Her parents were both African-American.

Nina was sometimes stated to have had Irish and/or Native American ancestry. It is not clear if these claims have been documented/verified.

Nina’s paternal grandparents were Robert Wayne/Wayde Waymon (the son of Joseph Waymon and Julia Ligon) and Lucinda Green.

Nina’s maternal grandparents were William Irvin (the son of William Irvin and Sarah Lovett) and Mary Williams.

Source: Genealogy of Nina Simone –

photo by By Kroon, Ron / Anefo [CC BY-SA 3.0 nl], via Wikimedia Commons


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