Harris represents community with style, substance

Editor's Note: Each Friday during Black History Month in February, the Lebanon Democrat will profile a prominent African American person in Wilson County. Selecting only four people to be featured for the project was difficult, but the individuals to be profiled stand out, not just in their s...
Feb 1, 2013
MH 1  Photo: Mary Hinds • Lebanon Democrat

Mary Harris, president of the Wilson County Black History Committee, with James Cantrell and Keshawn D. Abston, the winner of the 2011 Chris Price Athletic Award. The 2012 awards event was one of many Harris has helped organized to recognize the legendary Lebanon Clowns Negro League baseball them and young athletes who are carrying on their legacy.
MH 2  Photo: Submitted to The Democrat

Mary and Harry Harris were married in 1956 unknowing of the adventure that awaited them as they became leaders in Wilson County's African American community.

Editor's Note: Each Friday during Black History Month in February, the Lebanon Democrat will profile a prominent African American person in Wilson County. Selecting only four people to be featured for the project was difficult, but the individuals to be profiled stand out, not just in their service to the African American community, but to our city and county as a whole. If you are a newcomer to the county, their's are names you will, should or will soon recognize.

She's one of those women produced only in the South - sweet, calm, soft spoken and unflappable, with a will of iron not visible to the naked eye.

Mary Harris is a familiar face at any event or activity designed to remind Wilson County of the contributions of its African American citizens past and present, or designed to remind young African Americans of their heritage. Always dressed to the nines, she can be found behind the scenes of many events working to make them come off without a hitch.

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