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African American Heritage Society’s Prom Night set for July 20

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The African American Heritage Society will hosts its fifth annual Prom Night, A Midsummer’s Night Dream on July 20 at the Cool Spring/Franklin Embassy Suites. 

A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. and festivities, which include naming the 2019 prom king and queen, will begin at 7. 

Prom night started in 2015 as a way to support the newly created Tom E. Murdic Educational Scholarship, which honors the life of the former Franklin native and AAHS board member and his legacy of service and continuing education. 

Since the scholarship’s inception four years ago, 15 African American high school seniors in Williamson County pursuing post-secondary education have received a $1,000 scholarship to help with educational expenses. Last year, seven students were awarded scholarships while this year three students — Kara Blue, Randy Howard II and Joshua Lynch — were scholarship recipients.

Prom Night provides an evening of food, entertainment, music and dancing and the opportunity to recognize this year’s scholarship recipients and contribute to educating other potential future leaders of the community. 

The prom king and queen are determined by the amount of money they raise. Last year’s “royal couple,” Ralph and Machelle Thompson, raised a record $10,000 for the scholarship fund. During this year’s event, the Thompsons will pass their crowns to one of three couples: William and Wanda Graham, Shelby and Lori Mitchell or James and Zonda Thomas.

Tickets for the prom are $50 per person and $500 for a table of 10. They may be ordered by contacting Paulette Johnson at 615-243-7741. Those who can’t make it to the prom but wish to make a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship fund may send a check to: African American Heritage Society, P.O. Box 1053, Franklin, TN 37065. The group also offers a PayPal option in which donors can pay by credit or debit card.

To learn more, go to and click on “Membership.” 

Applications for the 2019-20 scholarship will be available on Oct. 1 and are due back to the AAHS by March 1.

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