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Mavis Staples Has “A Story To Tell”

by Cass Teague
Mavis Staples at the LBJ Presidential Library, April 8, 2014. (photo by Marsha Miller)

Get ready to be mesmerized by the legendary multiple Grammy winner Mavis Staples as she takes the stage, sharing her incredible journey through music. This in-person event is your chance to witness her soulful voice and captivating storytelling firsthand. “A Story To Tell… featuring Mavis Staples” will be an unforgettable evening at The Factory, Franklin, TN, Liberty Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064. Sunday, November 12, from 7:00 – 9:30 pm CST.

Mavis will be joined by Tommy Sims and Tom Douglas as well as other special guests. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to experience the magic of Mavis Staples in an intimate setting. Get ready for a night filled with music, memories, and a story that will touch your heart. Mavis Staples was born July 10, 1939, and rose to fame as a member of her family’s band The Staple Singers, of which she is the last surviving member.

“We want to honor and celebrate the legacy of Mavis and the musical legacy that she has been a part of that benefits us all,” said Alma McLemore, Executive Director of AAHS. The event, which is being produced by the ERACE Foundation, will begin with a writer’s round hosted by Sims featuring a combination of original songs and some of the Staples family’s most memorable tunes.

Tickets are $80 per person or $120 per person for premier seating. This event is a fundraiser for the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County. The African-American Heritage Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts pertaining to Williamson County’s 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 dwellings 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 the assistance of the Heritage Foundation, purchased the lot on which the dwelling sits.

The African-American Heritage Society views its commitment to the museum as a way to promote cultural and historic preservation, encourage tourism, create family legacies, and educate the community about the deep, rich black heritage of Franklin, Williamson County, and the Middle Tennessee region.

To donate, become involved, or for more information, please contact: African American Heritage Society of Williamson County. (615) 305-0904, P.O. Box 1053, Franklin, TN 37065. info@aahswc.org  <https://aahswc.org>

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