Founded in 2012, the African American Heritage Society of Maury County (AAHSMC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Society is a membership-based organization and is open to anyone interested in furthering the objectives of the Society.
The goal of the African American Heritage Society is to document the history of African Americans of Maury County---the many stories of the contributions of African Americans in their effort to build schools, churches, and businesses that were not included in previously published histories.
The African American Heritage Society supports community-based programming by sponsoring workshops, and providing historical exhibits to churches, libraries, museums, and schools at no charge.
Traveling Exhibition: Path to Freedom
The exhibit, Path to Freedom, was created 2016 and has been on display in Maury and surrounding counties in Middle and West Tennessee. This exhibit emphasizes the significance of education after the American Civil War.
Presenting Our History To Understand Tomorrow
Projects & Programs
The African American Heritage Society of Maury County started a historical markers program because it is the most effective means of reminding the residents, and introducing newcomers to Maury County history. The first marker, College Hill School, was dedicated during the 2014 College Hill/Carver-Smith Reunion. The College Hill School, established in 1881, was the first public school for African Americans in Columbia.
Help Us Preserve History
The mission of the American Heritage Society of Maury County is to preserve the heritage and history of African Americans in Maury County, Tennessee.