Stockbridge hosting two events concerning African-American History

By Joe Adgie for the Henry Herald

STOCKBRIDGE — The city of Stockbridge will hold two events celebrating African-American heritage in the coming weeks.

The first event is hosted by Councilman Alphonso Thomas and is the city’s eighth annual African-American Heritage Celebration.

That event will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Merle Manders Conference Center, located at 111 Davis Road in Stockbridge, and is free and open to the public.

Thomas will co-host the event with Marissa Mitchell, an anchor with Fox 5 Atlanta, and award-winning poet Steaven L. Misher.

Bishop Michael A. Strickland of Victory Tabernacle Church International will be the keynote speaker.

The second event is hosted by Councilman Elton Alexander and concerns the preservation of African-American history in the state. This event is free and open to the public.

The event is put on in conjunction with Flat Rock Archives. The event, Preserving and Sharing Rural African-American History in Georgia, will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Cochran Public Library, located at 174 Burke St. in Stockbridge.