Wilson County Black History Committee President Mary Harris and Wilson County Archives Co-Director Thomas Partlow received lifetime achievement awards from Historic Lebanon during the organization's annual Membership Dinner on Tuesday night.
Presenting the awards were Historic Lebanon Director Kim Parks and her husband, attorney Tracey Parks. Parks said that lifetime awards would not be given at every banquet, but that the board felt it was fitting to honor Harris and Partlow for their work.
TN Main Street Director Nancy Williams served as guest speaker and told guests about her personal ties to Lebanon, although she was raised in Murfreesboro and currently resides in Franklin. She said that her family, the Sloans, has history here.
"Gene Sloan was the principal of Lebanon High School and Lillian came from Pennsylvania and got a law degree at Cumberland University in the 1920s," she said. "Lillian was editor of The Lebanon Democrat during the war years, because there weren't men around to do it."
Williams also discussed the mission of TN Main Street to bring life back to each community's downtown area.
"Something happened in this country. Our family had a jewelry store on the square until 1929," she said. "Post-World War II everything shifted to shopping malls and suburbs."
Twenty-eight Tennessee communities, including Lebanon, are members of TN Main Street.