The African American Heritage Society of Williamson County (AAHS) will proceed its Porch Talks sequence July 8 with visitor speaker Dr. Learotha Williams Jr., professor of African American historical past at Tennessee State College.

Williams is a scholar of African American, Civil Struggle, Reconstruction and public historical past. He’s additionally coordinator of the North Nashville Heritage Challenge and Center Tennessee African American Heritage Collective at Tennessee State College.  

His current publications embody a bestselling e-book, “I’ll Take You There: Exploring Nashville’s Social Justice Websites,” a piece he co-edited with Amie Thurber. He’s additionally written “Black Faces Alongside the Cumberland Basin” in John Guider’s “Voyage of the Journey Retracing the Donelson Get together’s Journey to the Founding of Nashville”; “Hewing Stones of Hope in a Metropolis of Discarded Rocks” in Marin Sullivan’s “The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Backyard Ornaments, and Stonework”; and “A Balm in Gilead: Love, Hope, and Despair in North Nashville” in Katy Delmez’s “Murals of North Nashville Now.” These works have been printed by Vanderbilt College Press between 2019 and 2021.

The occasion will start at 11 a.m. on July 8 on the McLemore Home Museum in Franklin. The general public is invited and inspired to convey a garden chair for seating.

The AAHS resumed its conventional Porch Talks sequence final month with Invoice Ratcliff, United States Coloured Troops reenactor, who shared his 30-year story as a reenactor. 

Ratcliff had a lot to inform. He now has three USCT statues erected in two totally different states with him being the mannequin.

At Porch Talks, professionals and representatives of historic preservation and interpretation of African American historical past and tradition are invited to debate, share information and experience, and inform tales with the attendees. 

Additionally starting July 8 can be AAHS’s First Friday month-to-month sequence on the McLemore Home from 5-8 p.m., the place visitors are inspired to return for good meals and a free museum tour. Moe Higher BBQ and Fish will present barbecue, fish, brisket and rather more. As a result of Fourth of July weekend, the July occasion would be the second Friday of the month.

The AAHS is a nonprofit group; donations are tax-deductible and could also be made on-line at www.aahswc.org or via mailed checks to P.O. Field 1053, Franklin, Tennessee, 37065.

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