Alma McLemore and Katherine Malone-France received awards from the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County at a private party held Aug. 31, ahead of the organization’s annual black tie Heritage Ball in October.
The awards honor residents who contributed to the culture and heritage of the growing county.
Alma McLemore, a Franklin resident and president of the African American Heritage Society, received the Patron Award for her efforts to preserve history and foster community among Black residents in Franklin.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, McLemore managed the restoration of the McLemore House, once a home to Harvey McLemore, an enslaved person. The property is now a museum which honors the contributions of African Americans in Williamson County.
Katherine Malone-France, the chief preservation officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, earned the Tracy Frist Award. The nonprofit maintains, preserves and interprets historic sites across the country and fights to save culturally significant locations from being lost to history. Malone-France, who formerly served as the National Trust’s senior vice president for historic sites, has spearheaded collaborations with contemporary artists and historic gardens during her tenure.
The Heritage Ball will return to Eastern Flank Battlefield Park October 1. The long-running black-tie event draws Middle Tennessee’s high society to fundraise for the organization.
Cole Villena covers Williamson County at The Tennessean, part of the USA Today Network — Tennessee. Reach Cole at cvillena@tennessean.com or 615-925-0493. Follow Cole on Twitter at @ColeVillena and on Instagram at @CVinTennessee.

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