Flat Rock: History and Resilience
Flat Rock is one of the oldest African-American communities in Georgia, with a history of resilience that stretches back over 150 years. Here are some fast facts to introduce you to this historically significant community:
- Comedian Chris Tucker and former NFL Quarterback Warren Moon are descendants of the Flat Rock community.
- One of Flat Rock’s pivotal figures was T. A. Bryant, Sr., who bought 43 acres for $600 in 1925. He then sold and leased small parcels of the land, creating a strong, tight-knit African-American community in rural Georgia.
- For much of its history, Flat Rock was an agricultural community. Farmers raised livestock, vegetables, and cash crops such as cotton.
- Eliza Waits was born in 1833; she is one of the oldest recorded members of the community that would become Flat Rock.
- The historic Flat Rock Cemetery honors members of the community from the days of enslavement up until 1959, when burials at the historic cemetery ceased.
- The Lyon Farmhouse, the site where some Flat Rock ancestors were enslaved, has been recently stabilized and offers a glimpse of the area’s rural history. Flat Rock tours start here.
- The historic T. A. Bryant, Sr. Homestead is now home to the Flat Rock Archives, which works to promote and preserve the history of this historic African-American community.
- Discover Flat Rock by visiting the Archives or by stopping by the DeKalb History Center for the exhibit Deep Roots in DeKalb: The Flat Rock Story of Resilience.