African American Heritage Society of Rutherford Co. hosts Flame Awards at MTSU

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Celebrating ‘Hidden Figures,’ was the theme of this year’s African American Heritage Society of Rutherford County Flames Awards Black Tie Affair at MTSU this weekend.  

The mission of the Heritage Society is to discover, preserve, teach, and to share the heritage of African Americans of Rutherford County.   

The Randolph and Ganaway families were honored with a Flame Award for recognizing the importance of preserving their family’s history for the next generation.  

The President of the Maury County African American Heritage Society, Dr. JoAnn McClellan was the guest speaker for the third annual black-tie gala.  

“We want the young people to know the struggles, the sacrifices that our ancestors have done,” said Mary Patterson-Watkins, President of the African American Heritage Society of Rutherford County.  We want them to look at it not as a stumbling block, but for something for them to build on.  For them to have pride about their heritage. Young people don’t realize that the struggle and sacrifice that people made in order for them to get an education, in order for them to vote.  They were strong people because if they were not strong, they would not have made it through.”   

This year, a special tribute to Dr. George Smith, the Founder of the Heritage Society of Rutherford County.  He died earlier this year.  

News 2’s Larry Flowers served as emcee for the event. 

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