Happy New Year and Happy MLK Day from the Flat Rock Archives!

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!

This is the 1947 church anniversary program for Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. In this picture, we see Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. along with his wife, Albert Williams King, and two of his three children, Christine King and Martin Luther King Jr. This program is part of the Frankie Bates Hardy collection.

This is the 1947 church anniversary program for Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. In this picture, we see Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. along with his wife, Albert Williams King, and two of his three children, Christine King and Martin Luther King Jr. This program is part of the Frankie Bates Hardy collection.

2016 Heritage Day and Jazz Festival

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! 

The 2016 Flat Rock Heritage Day and Jazz Festival is fast approaching!

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 flatrockarchive@att.net or call 770-797-5625 for details.  

The Flat Rock Reunion was a success!!

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 tent!

The tent!

Family members walking into the Flat Rock Archives

Family members walking into the Flat Rock Archives

Our historic board celebrating the Bryant family

Our historic board celebrating the Bryant family

Invitation to the Flat Rock Reunion!

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 flatrockarchives@att.net

A Visit to the Flat Rock Cemetery

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. 

Believe it or not, this is the headstone belonging to Spencer Bryant - Chris Tucker's grandfather. Many African Americans in the early twentieth century could not afford headstones as we know them today. Many of them used rocks instead! 

Believe it or not, this is the headstone belonging to Spencer Bryant - Chris Tucker's grandfather. Many African Americans in the early twentieth century could not afford headstones as we know them today. Many of them used rocks instead! 

This is the headstone belonging to Andrew Waits. What a large headstone! This was rare for many African Americans during the early and mid-twentieth century. 

This is the headstone belonging to Andrew Waits. What a large headstone! This was rare for many African Americans during the early and mid-twentieth century. 

Flat Rock Reunion Update!

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 flatrockarchive@att.net or call 770-797-5625. 

Check out our latest flyer: 

Congratulations to Chanté Lively!!

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!)

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Young Volunteers and Visitors!

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!

MLK Day Project Canceled

Hi Everyone!

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!

Volunteers Needed for the Flat Rock Archives MLK Day Project!

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 flatrockarchive@att.net or by phone at 770-797-5625

Boy Scout Troop 106 Builds a Chicken Coop at Flat Rock!

Justin LeGrand from Boy Scout Troop 106 in Decatur, GA, chose to build a chicken coop at the Flat Rock Archives for his Eagle Scout project. With the help of his fellow troop members, Clarence Boone III and Kameron Jones, the boys worked tirelessly with Johnny to build the coop from scratch. While building, the boys found so many artifacts underground! These artifacts belonged to Theodore Bryant Sr. who built the 1917 house where the Flat Rock Archives now resides. Talk about history coming full circle!!