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Battle of Franklin Trust - McLemore House

Battle of Franklin Trust - McLemore House

McLemore House

The McLemore House Museum
A project of the African-American Heritage Society

The African-American Heritage Society is a non-profit organization whose purpose 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.Established 1998.

The Harvey McLemore House is located at the corner of Eleventh Avenue North and Glass Street in the subdivision of Hard Bargain in Franklin. 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.

After surviving 117 years and at least seven generations of the McLemore family, the house was sold in 1997.


“A Celebration of Freedom”
Presented by
The African American Heritage Society
& Sponsored by Hard Bargain MT. Hope Redevelopment

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2011
Place: The McLemore House Museum - 446 11th Ave. North, Franklin, Tn.
Program and Activities 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Jazz and RB Music 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

An Evening of Jazz and R & B Music
Julius Fisher & The Genius Band
From 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to relax and enjoy an afternoon of great music, food and games!!Old timers sharing stories! Gospel groups and gospel soloists! Local African American artists and authors! Door prizes every hour!!

Free Hot Dogs & Strawberry Soda for Kids by Mo-Better Foods and AAHS!! Free Ice Cream & Popsicles provided by Purity Dairies---For more information contact Alma McLemore 615-791-1294 or Paulette Johnson 615-243-7751


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