View the collections and hear the stories of the Flat Rock Community.

The Flat Rock African American community is situated within the landscape located in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Here you will find several locations that hold the stories of this important community.

The Flat Rock Archives is housed in the historic home of T. A. Bryant, Sr.  Built in 1917, the Bryant homestead was donated by Rev. T.A. Bryant, Jr. as a means to preserve the African American experience and educate visitors of the importance and perseverance of this community. Johnny Waits is the president of the Archives and descendant of this community. Today, the Bryant Homestead is home to records and artifacts from throughout the Flat Rock Community’s 150+ year history. For additional details, please visit the Flat Rock Archives website.

Guided Tours

Take a guided tour through DeKalb County’s history, a story of resilience and ingenuity that stretches from before the Civil War to the present day. Join Johnny Waits, President and Co-Founder of the Archives and a descendant of one of DeKalb County’s oldest families, as you explore. Johnny guides visitors through a history of the traditionally African-American community, stopping at historic sites including the Lyon Farm, historic Flat Rock Church site, and the Flat Rock African American Historical Cemetery (which was used from the days of slavery into the 1950s).

If you are interested in taking a social distanced, mask wearing tour, feel free to give Johnny a call at 770-885-8330 or email us at Click here to sign up for a tour online.