To Preserve the Mclemore House Museum

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Our Mission

The McLemore House Museum is managed by the African-American Heritage Society, a non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts pertaining to Williamson County African American culture and increase understanding and appreciation of our heritage for future generations.



Ex-slave Harvey Mclemore purchased four lots in Hard Bargain in 1880. He built one of the first residential dwelling in the subdivision. The home served as a model of community development in Hard Bargain, the first subdivision of its kind in Franklin - a black middle class neighborhood of teachers, carpenters, masons and farmers.

During an age where very few homes purchased by former slaves remain in existence, it is quite remarkable that the McLemore House is still standing. Also remarkable is the fact that from 1880 until 1997, a member of the McLemore family maintained ownership of the homestead.The house was purchased through the joint efforts of the Williamson County Habitat for Humanity and the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County.

The one remaining parcel of the original four lots was divided into two lots, and the newly formed African American Heritage Society, with assistance of the Heritage Foundation, purchased the lot on which which the dwelling sits. The African-American Heritage Society views their commitment to the museum as a way to promote cultural and historical preservation, encourage tourism, create family legacies, and educate the public about the rich black heritage of Franklin and Williamson County.


Porch Talks & Tours

Porch talks are always FREE every Friday at 10am. Tours available at the McLemore House Museum on Friday-Saturday from 10am-2pm. We’re located on 446 Eleventh Ave in Franklin. Tour tickets are $10 per adult. Each tour last between 30 and 40 minutes.


The Young Leaders Network

The Young Leaders Network is an affinity group of the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County to bring awareness to the African American culture in Franklin, TN. Established in September 2016 to cultivate an environment of networking and volunteerism that advocates for diversity and the underserved populations in Williamson County.  We offer a distinct platform for young professionals, ages 21-45 years old and the young at heart. The annual membership fee is $50 for individuals who reside, work or volunteer in Williamson County.

Membership year runs Jan. 1 – Dec. 31.

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with Hard Bargain Association

Join us in October, February and May for a sunrise empowering conversation with community leaders using this platform to share their experience and expertise with open dialogue to express the real issues, roadblocks and success. 

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Lend A Hand 

YLN participates in voter’s registration drives, community fairs and a winter volunteer project.  We assist individuals and families in need through partnerships with non-profit agencies. Make an impact with us!

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Connecting our Community

This event celebrates the accomplishments and achievements of African Americans Entrepreneurs throughout Middle TN with local vendors, agencies, children activities, musical performances, food and fun. Held the third Saturday in August at Johnson Elementary School.



Be an active part of history!

Become a member of the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County and get year-round access to the Museum for one year (during regular business hours).
Please submit your membership request to AAHSfriends@gmail.com

All memberships are tax deductible.


Student - $5

Friends of the Museum - $10

Individual - $35

Young Leaders Network (ages 21-45 or young at heart) - $50

Patron - $50

Business/Church - $100

Corporate Sponsorship (one-year) - $1000







2018 Black Tie Sponsors



2018 Black Tie Gold Sponsors

2017 Black Tie Silver Sponsors



2017 Black Tie Bronze Sponsors



2017 T.E. Murdic Educational Scholarship Event Sponsors

The African American Experience in Franklin


Take a virtual tour of Franklin's Black History then come see it in person. To learn more, click and watch the video on this slide.