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More hours for Flat Rock Archive

8/15/2014, 6 a.m.

The Flat Rock Archives and Museum in Lithonia is expanding its days of operation to attract more visitors, especially on the weekend.

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Johnny Waits

The facility, located in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, will now open Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in addition to its regular Tuesday opening.

Its tour of the slave cemetery will be Tuesdays at 2 p.m. or by appointment.

To date, 20,000 people have visited the archives, which opened in December 2006 and is housed in the ancestral home of the Rev. T.A. Bryant Jr.

Bryant donated the house built by his father in 1917.

Johnny Waits, the archives president and a descendant of one of DeKalb’s oldest families, guides visitors through a history of the African-American community that existed before DeKalb County was formed in 1822. Waits leads tours of the Lyon Farm and the slave cemetery.

The Flat Rock Archives and Museum is at 3979 Crossvale Road. For more information, visit www.flatrockarchives.org or call 770-797-5625.