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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THANK YOU EVENT SPONSORS!
2019 Black Tie Sponsors
2018 Black Tie Sponsors
THANK YOU EVENT SPONSORS!
2018 T.E. Murdic Educational Scholarship Event Sponsors
Black Coffee Series Sponsors
2018 Black EXPO 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.