Endangered history in DeKalb

Local people often say that Atlanta is terrible about preserving its history – particularly the history of African-American lives and contributions.

This can be particularly true of suburban Atlanta. Where the city was the birthplace of historically black colleges Morehouse and Spelman, and played a key role in the Civil Rights movement, suburban counties were the landing sites of white flight – often overtly hostile to their black communities.

headstone in Porter Road cemetery
Handcarved headstone in the cemetery along Porter Road in central DeKalb County, Georgia. Originally a plantation burial ground, the cemetery was given for use by Mount Pleasant Baptist Church by landowner Frank Porter in 1903.

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