Just last week, our own Johnny Waits presented at the 2017 Black History Symposium sponsored by the DeKalb History Center. Johnny discussed the history and preservation of the Flat Rock Community. Many thanks to our Flat Rock family and to all of those involved in the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance. And of course, many thanks to the DeKalb History Center for inviting us to present!
Exciting news! Johnny will be representing the Flat Rock Archives at the DeKalb History Center on February 23. Johnny will be discussing how the Flat Rock Archives preserves African American history in Lithonia. See more details at this link: http://www.dekalbhistory.org/dekalb_history_center_events-programs.htm
We hope to see you there!
We are so blessed to be here in 2017, and we are excited about taking our archives to the next level. Flat Rock's volunteer archivist - JoyEllen Freeman - will be attending an archives diversity conference so she can learn about new and improved ways to make community archives more digitally accessible. 2017 is off to a great start!
Happy Thanksgiving from the Flat Rock Archives! Stay tuned for notifications about our upcoming events, including a Black History Month celebration in February 2017!
The 2016 Heritage Day and Jazz Festival will be here in just a few days! We have an exciting update...
Members of the Society of Georgia Archivists will be available from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. to chat with community members about preserving family artifacts and archival materials. This is a unique opportunity that you do not want to miss!! Come on out this Saturday (October 29) and enjoy history, food, culture, and music!
Get excited! The annual Flat Rock Heritage Day and Jazz Festival will be here before you know it. This year, the event will take place on October 29, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.. Come and show your support for the Flat Rock community while enjoying vendors, food, and jazz music, and of course, archives! We are excited to host this all-day event and make it even better than last year! Tickets are available now. Email email@example.com or call 770-797-5625 for details.
To say we had an incredible time at the Flat Rock Reunion, which took place on July 22-23, would be an understatement. It was family-oriented, spiritual, loving, and educational. We were so excited to welcome Flat Rock family members in addition to local elected officials and candidates, representatives from Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, and celebrity family members including Warren Moon, Bobby Wooten and so many others who came from all areas of the country. Many thanks to all of our wonderful speakers and to Warren Moon who donated $5000 to the Flat Rock Archives on behalf of the Crescent Moon Foundation - his amazing non-profit organization!
Many thanks to everyone who loves and supports the Flat Rock Archives and the Flat Rock community!!! We had a great weekend!
The Flat Rock Archives’ annual reunion celebrates DeKalb County’s oldest African American families, including the bloodlines of Chris Tucker, Warren Moon, and Willie Gault (all of whom will be present). The reunion will be held July 22 from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 pm and July 23 at 2:00 pm. Activities include a welcome party, tent luncheon, recognition of family members, and a rededication of the Flat Rock territory. For more information contact Mr. Johnny Waits at 770-797-5625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The history of Flat Rock, Georgia is not solely contained in an archives. The Flat Rock cemetery is a treasure trove of hidden, historic information related to genealogy, southern history, Native American history, African American history, geography, and cartography. Schedule a visit with us, and we will guide you through one of the most unique experiences in Flat Rock! Remember to dress accordingly ... long pants, socks, and close-toed shoes are strongly suggested.
Summer is fast approaching, and so is the 2016 Flat Rock Reunion! We are in the process of sending out official Evites. If you would like an Evite, please send an email to email@example.com or call 770-797-5625.
Check out our latest flyer:
The Flat Rock Archives is SO incredibly proud of Chanté Lively, a junior at Arabia Mountain High School. She recently won fourth place in a 4-H competition for her engaging and enlightening presentation on the history of Flat Rock! Hurray!!! Check out a still image from her presentation below (Unfortunately, I couldn't get the video to upload!)
We are very excited for our upcoming family reunion! We are especially excited for the first event--the Welcome Party and Registration--which will take place here at the Flat Rock Archives on July 22 from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. We are also excited to welcome some of our celebrity family members including Warren Moon, Chris Tucker, Bobby Wooten, Dwayne Harris, Michael Guthrie, and Willie Gault.
The Flat Rock Archives was ecstatic to host two groups of students recently. The first group of young people volunteered at the Flat Rock garden and our slave cemetery. The second group came to visit and learn about rural African American history and the heritage of the Flat Rock region. We LOVE to host students here at Flat Rock. Consider bringing your student to our Archives to see, touch, learn, and experience the legacy of African American life in DeKalb.
Students at the Lyons House in DeKalb County. These students volunteered in the Flat Rock garden and the Flat Rock slave cemetery.
Students from Atlanta visiting the Flat Rock Archives!
We are so excited to announce that the Flat Rock Archives recently enjoyed a large feature in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. We are so grateful for this publicity, and we look forward to reaching many more lives as a result!
Many thanks to all our supporters!
Due to the expected low temperatures tomorrow, we are going to cancel our MLK Day Cleanup Project. We are so sorry for the change of plans; we just want to make sure everyone is safe and comfortable. We plan to schedule a make-up day in the future. Have a blessed holiday!
Happy New Year, everyone! We are so excited to kick off 2016 by celebrating one of our favorite holidays ... Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Make the most of your MLK Day by stopping by the Flat Rock Archives on January 18, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. to help with our annual outdoor clean-up. Your service is greatly appreciated!
"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." --Martin Luther King Jr.
What: Flat Rock Archives MLK Clean-up Day
Where: Flat Rock Archives, 3956 Crossvale Road, Lithonia, GA 30038
When: January 18, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Who: Everyone is welcome!
*If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 770-797-5625
We would like to extend a huge thank-you to everyone who supported us, visited us, contacted us, or even just glanced at our new website this year. We are so excited to continue preserving and celebrating rural African American history during 2016. Happy Holidays!!!
Our own Reverend T.A. Bryant was an honoree at the Bruce Street High School Reunion that took place on November 7, 2015. Congrats, Reverend Bryant!
From left to right: Congressman Hank Johnson and Rev. T.A. Bryant
Many thanks to everyone who came out to support the Flat Rock Archives' 2015 Heritage Day and Jazz Festival on Saturday, October 24. We had a wonderful day of celebration filled with archives, history, food, music, and lots of family and friends!
Don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, October 24, 2015. The Flat Rock Archives will be hosting our annual Heritage Day and Jazz Festival to celebrate the rich history of Flat Rock and to raise money for the Archives. Take a look at our flyer below!