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Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Hard Bargain

 
 
Hard Bargain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 17, 2019
1. Hard Bargain Marker
Inscription.  In 1873, W.S. McLemore subdivided 15 acres which he called “Hard Bargain” because of a difficult land deal struck in 1866. Hard Bargain became a stable community, largely African-American. The Harvey McLemore house on this lot, built in 1880, was the home of a successful ex-slave and his descendants for 117 years. To the north stands the Franklin Primitive Baptist Church, organized in 1867, and Mt. Hope Cemetery, begun in 1875. On the east side stood St. John’s Episcopal Church, the church’s Negro mission, and a tobacco warehouse. Due south was the 1910 subdivision of Franklin banker E.E. Green and the Green Street Church of God. On the west stood Polk Town, a row of shotgun houses, now a playground.
 
Erected 1997 by Williamson County Historical Society.
 
Location. 35° 55.532′ N, 86° 52.798′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is at the intersection of 11th Avenue North and Glass Street, on the right when traveling north on 11th Avenue North. Touch for map. Marker is at
The McLemore House, 446 11th Avenue N image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 17, 2019
2. The McLemore House, 446 11th Avenue N
"Home of the African American House Museum"
or near this postal address: 446 11th Avenue North, Franklin TN 37064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Federal Breastworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles C. Johnson School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Unknown Civil War Soldier (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hincheyville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Franklin Cumberland Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rest Haven Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Franklin Special School District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Natchez Street Community (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Also see . . .  How the Hard Bargain neighborhood got its name. (Submitted on October 19, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
 
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 19, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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