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 and held on the 1st Friday of each month at 10am. Museum Tours are available on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. No appointment necessary. Group tours are available by appointment only. For more information, please call 615-224-3140.

The McLemore House Museum is located on 446 Eleventh Ave in Franklin. Tour tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for youth age 6 and older. Each tour last between 30 and 40 minutes.


Networking and Community

We believe networking is about building valuable relationships in the community. It’s also about developing your personal business skills by learning from your peers and being open to new ideas and ways of doing things. The African American Heritage Society of Williamson offers many opportunities for individuals and families to stay connected through meaningful events.

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with Hard Bargain Association

Join us in February 21st, May 16th and October 17th in 2019 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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Help a College Student

This Scholarship fund provides financial assistance for up to 4 outstanding students in Williamson County annually. Plus, its a wonderful opportunity for our community to demonstrate the importance of earning an education to future generations.

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Join the Network

The Young Leaders Network (YLN) is a community and social network for professional men and women who are career-driven with a passion to make an impact. We connect for community projects,  professional development and networking. Visit our membership page and join today!




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

Patron - $50

Business/Church - $100

Corporate Sponsorship - $1000

Learn more about us or make a donation at GivingMatters.com


2019 Black Tie Sponsors


2018 Black Tie Sponsors



Juneteenth Sponsors


2018 T.E. Murdic Educational Scholarship Event Sponsors


Black Coffee Series Sponsors

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2018 Black EXPO 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.