At the turn of the century, the Harris family, one of the most prominent African American families in Adairsville, had many accomplishments.
Among the lineage of the family was Dr. James Buchannan Harris, the first black doctor of record from Bartow County, Daniel Harris, who helped build Noble Hill School and William Arthur Butler married into the Harris family through his wife, Sallie, and owned and operated a shoe shop on the square downtown.
Butler’s great, great grandson Ahmad Hall has been researching his family’s history since he was a child and even he is amazed at the wealth of contributions made by his family.
“There are so many things I could say,” Hall said. “If you want to talk about black history in Adairsville, you can’t do it without talking about the Harrises. About 90 percent of African Americans living in Adairsville came from the Harris family.”
The Harris family will be honored with the Harris Family Heritage Day Aug. 4. Registration begins at 10 a.m.
Through a day of fun, food, games and live music, the community is invited to share in the celebration of a family lineage that has deep roots in Adairsville.
The evening concludes at 6 p.m. with the Harris Family Heritage Night at the historic Jackson House, where guests are invited to join a discussion on the Harris family and enjoy hors d’oeuvres.
Registration for either Heritage Day or Heritage Night is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Registration for both is $30 for adults and $15 for children.
Hall said through learning about his family’s history he has a desire to see other families dig into their pasts as well and aside from honoring one of Adairsville’s oldest families, it is one of the primary reason behind the heritage day.
“It’s really about raising awareness about genealogy,” Hall said.
This is the inaugural event for the Adairsville Black Historical Society, whose mission is to encourage other African American families in Adairsville to learn about their history said Hall who heads up the group.
“If we don’t get all this information before our older relatives pass on, then it will be lost forever,” Hall said. “It’s important to sit down with our families and learn all we can now while it’s available.”
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