Historic Sites

Flat Rock After Slavery
Aug 9, 2022
Flat Rock After Slavery

Following Emancipation, members of the Flat Rock community had to navigate the rise of Jim Crow and deal with the harsh presence of segregation in daily life. Some left and joined the Great Migration...

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Things to Do in Lithonia
Aug 4, 2022
Things to Do in Lithonia

Have you visited historic Lithonia? Once the granite capital of the world, this small southern city is situated at the northern end of the National Heritage Area and offers a rich array of historic...

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Quilt Making in the Flat Rock Community
Jul 14, 2022
Quilt Making in the Flat Rock Community

Quilt making has played an important role in the history of Flat Rock, one of the oldest Black communities in Georgia. Listen as Johnny Waits and Patricia Bryant, both descendants and members of the...

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Bruce Street School Juneteenth Event Recap
Jun 23, 2022
Bruce Street School Juneteenth Event Recap

The Bruce Street School Juneteenth webinar: The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance and Martin Rickles Studio recently hosted a virtual community meeting on ongoing efforts to reactivate the Bruce...

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Flat Rock Archives Museum Reopens
Mar 12, 2022
Flat Rock Archives Museum Reopens

After a long hiatus due to COVID-19 and renovation work, the Flat Rock Archives museum is back open! With new exhibits describing the history of Black life in the rural South and the significance...

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Black History Everyday
Feb 28, 2022
Black History Everyday

Metro-Atlanta is filled with African-American historic sites, including in the National Heritage Area.  The African American community has shaped our region’s story — one we can...

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Discover the Lithonia Speedway
Feb 14, 2022
Discover the Lithonia Speedway

The roar of engines and the screams of excited fans filled the air at the Lithonia Speedway, a dirt track where drivers raced and people made merry just north of downtown Lithonia. Before the rise of...

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