The Georgia Trust

2015 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN PRESERVATION SERVICE

FLAT ROCK ARCHIVES
Lithonia, DeKalb County

The Flat Rock community in southeastern DeKalb County began as a predominantly African-American agricultural community of formerly enslaved persons. Flat Rock grew after the Civil War and prospered into the 20th century leading up to the Great Depression. When difficult social and economic times caused many residents to leave in search of better opportunities, community leader T. A. Bryant purchased land that he resold at reasonable prices to family and friends in order to preserve the community. The Bryant family donated Mr. Bryant's 1917 farmstead for use as the Flat Rock Archives. Since 2006 local resident Johnny Waits has developed and maintained the Archives and the nearby Flat Rock Slave Cemetery. The dedication of the many people involved in the Flat Rock Archives has insured that the cultural history of this community has not been forgotten.


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