The mission of the Flat Rock Archives is to support the greater Flat Rock community by documenting, preserving, and making available the records and stories of former African American enslaved people and their descendants who have inhabited the Flat Rock area since the early nineteenth century. The Archives seeks to celebrate and share the legacy of rural African American culture from bygone eras with future generations.
Collection Development Policy
The Flat Rock Archives collects records and artifacts that document rural African American life and history in Flat Rock, GA, from the early nineteenth century to the present day. The Flat Rock Archives is a community archives and serves as a repository for records, artifacts, and family heirlooms donated by Flat Rock community members and individuals with personal ties to Flat Rock. Records and artifacts may be in paper, visual, digital, or three-dimensional formats and cover a variety of of subject areas including genealogy, religion, education, civil rights, Georgia history, agriculture, and community service. In addition, the Archives strives to document how African American life in Flat Rock intersects and compares with African American life in Georgia as a whole; therefore, the Archives collects records from outside the Flat Rock community that provide new or additional insight into the history and/or experiences of African Americans in Flat Rock.
Johnny Waits, President JoyEllen Freeman, Archives Advisor Georgia Trust Award
Society of Georgia Archivists' Georgia Archives Month award, August 2015
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation award for excellence in preservation service, April 2015
Stan Watson Community Appreciation Award, April 2008
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Certificate of Excellence, July 2006
Johnny Waits, President and Co-founder
Jean Spencer, Secretary
Rev. T.A. Bryant, Jr., Co-founder
Vera Whitaker, Co-founder
JoyEllen Freeman, Archives advisor