Rescheduled Black Tie Affair set for March 12 | Entertainment

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The African American Heritage Society of Williamson County will host the 21st annual Black Tie Affair on Saturday, March 12, after it was postponed from Feb. 5. 

The night of fun will be held at Embassy Suites in Franklin beginning at 6 p.m. The annual fundraiser supports AAHS, the McLemore House Museum and the organization’s new preservation project, the Merrill-Williams House. 

This year’s theme is “Keeping Hope Alive,” and music will be provided by Julius Fisher and the Genius Band. 

Black Tie Affair has been held since 2002 in honor of the opening of the McLemore House Museum in the home built by the formerly enslaved Harvey McLemore. With help from community supporters and preservation grants from the state of Tennessee, AAHS recently completed its second renovation of the historic museum. 

Due to COVID-19 and guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ticket sales were limited this year and the event is already sold out. The organization appreciates the support of the community, and although tickets are sold out, there is still a need for donations to support the group’s mission to chronicle the lives and contributions that African Americans have made and to preserve and protect the African American heritage and history in the community. 

Additionally, attendees will be required to wear masks at the event and be vaccinated. 

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The organization also announced Cassandra Taylor, Emily Magid and Calvin and Marilyn Lehew as this year’s honorary chairs, and the Nelson Wilson Sr. family from the historic Ravenswood Plantation in Brentwood is the pioneer family being honored. The honor and designation are bestowed to families in Williamson County whose roots have been traced back to the 1850s and beyond from Williamson County records.  

The organization also presents annual awards every year in six traditional categories: business, civic, communication, education, organization and religion. Individuals and organizations who have made contributions to the Williamson County community are recognized. 

Donations to AAHS are tax-deductible and may be made online at or mailed to P.O. Box 1053, Franklin, TN 37065.