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.
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.
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.
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!
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) and
updates on special events. Join now by clicking the button below.
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
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2018 Black Tie Sponsors
THANK YOU EVENT SPONSORS!
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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.