Historic Sites

Preserving the Bruce Street School
Sep 8, 2020
Preserving the Bruce Street School

The historic Bruce Street School ruins, the remnants of DeKalb County’s first public school for Black students, are undergoing a major renovation that will protect this important site for future...

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The Dentist and the Daredevils
Aug 7, 2020
The Dentist and the Daredevils

The thriving music scene, beauty pageants, stock car races and community events of the Lithonia Speedway and Country Club were intimately connected to the wealth and prosperity of one of...

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Speedway and Stockcars
Aug 3, 2020
Speedway and Stockcars

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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Volunteering at Flat Rock Archives
Jun 25, 2020
Volunteering at Flat Rock Archives

On Juneteenth, we joined Flat Rock Archives Co-Founder and President Johnny Waits for a virtual tour of the Flat Rock Historic Cemetery. Flat Rock is one of the oldest Black communities in Georgia,...

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History Harvest: Lyon Family
Jun 15, 2020
History Harvest: Lyon Family

History Harvest update! Thanks to Penny Thomas, we can share historic photos of members of the Lyon Family. The Lyons owned one of the first (and, today, oldest) homesteads in this area, dating back...

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Behind the Scenes: Flat Rock Video Shoot
Jun 11, 2020
Behind the Scenes: Flat Rock Video Shoot

We’ve been working on some videos about the Flat Rock Archives (forthcoming). While we’re getting the final videos ready, here’s a sneak peek behind-the-scenes of the video shoot!...

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Beyond the Mountains
May 26, 2020
Beyond the Mountains

The National Heritage Area contains 40,000 acres and miles of trails. Have you explored the NHA beyond Arabia and Panola Mountains? Here are several places to visit that you might not have been to...

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Black History Everyday
Mar 9, 2020
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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