DeKalb History Museum

We currently offer four exhibits on the main floor of the historic DeKalb County Courthouse.

All exhibits are open Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Deep Roots in DeKalb: The Flat Rock Story of Resilience

Believed to be one of the oldest African American communities in Georgia, Flat Rock was founded and strengthened by individuals who wanted to ensure the safety and success of African Americans following the aftermath of the Civil War. The community of Flat Rock thrived in part because of the immense communal bond of its citizens as well as the selflessness of its leaders. Theodore A. Bryant, Sr., ensured the development of Flat Rock by purchasing nearby land and distributing it to families in the area. This gesture allowed for the citizens of Flat Rock to build a strong foundation of support as well as ensure the safety and well-being of the community. Despite consistent animosity and prejudice, the people of Flat Rock remained strong, resilient, and united.

This exhibit explores the story of Flat Rock as well as the people who called it home. By examining objects collected over time from the residents of Flat Rock, we have been able to better narrate the lives and experiences of the families within the community. This exhibit would not have been possible if not for the generosity of Flat Rock Archives, who graciously lent part of their collection and all of their expertise to allow us to tell the inspiring story of the community who stood strong for over one hundred years.

Opening Late February 2019


Reclaimed by Nature: the Historic Davidson Quarries of Arabia Mountain

This photography exhibit, by Virginie Drujon-Kippelen, features historic and contemporary photos of a former granite quarry at what is now the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve. These quarries were historically an important part of DeKalb County's economy. Lithonia granite was used in paving and construction projects, including the Historic DeKalb Courthouse. In the 1970s the Davidson family donated over 500 acres of this land to DeKalb County for conservation and preservation. Since this land is no longer quarried, it is slowly being reclaimed by nature, although traces of its industrial past remain.


Decorative Arts from the Permanent Collection

This exhibit features a sampling of pieces from the DeKalb History Center's holdings, acquired over the nearly 70 years since the organization was established. The emphasis is on antique furniture, with some items from prominent DeKalb County citizens such as author Caroline McKinney Clarke, Judge Charles Whitefoord Smith, and Bishop Warren Akin Candler. Most objects date from the early 19th century to the early 20th century. 



The Mid-Century Ranch House: Hip and Historic!

You’ll Have It Made in the Shade
House For Sale: 101 East Court Square, Decatur. It’s 1960. Meet your modern dream ranch house! Perfect for Barbie, Ken and babies. This red brick number is a cherry; complete with carport, pink powder room, and knotty pine paneling complemented by nifty chartreuse walls. The front yard is darling, the porch has fab ironwork and your back yard bash will have room to spread. This house is so aced that it will fly off the market!


Athos Menaboni Mural - "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap"

OFF SITE EXHIBIT - In the summer of 2012, our beautiful Menaboni mural was loaned to Brick Store Pub (125 E. Court Sq, Decatur GA 30030). This large piece includes 15 mosaic panels created from about 3,000 eggshells! Mills B. Lane, Jr., then president of The Citizens and Southern Bank, commissioned Athos Menaboni to create this piece for the lobby of the C&S Emory branch (1237 Clairmont Road) in 1958. The mosaic is divided into three pictorial panels with two title panels of Japanese Nakora wood creating a triptych. The title panels read, “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Born in Italy in 1895, Menaboni became a well-known artist in Georgia from the 1930s on. Between 1951 and 1969, he was commissioned by Mills Lane to paint murals in various C&S banks. Menaboni is often hailed as the heir of James Audubon and painted over l50 species of birds, eventually publishing Menaboni's Birds, in 1950.


The piece is on loan to the Brick Store Pub, and we are grateful to the owners for providing such a prominent spot to display this unique painting. The new installation was unveiled on June 24, 2012, complete with a fundraiser hosted by the Brick Store Pub as part of their 15th anniversary celebration. We are thrilled with this partnership and hope the Menoboni is enjoyed by the public for many years to come. Click here for Brick Store Pub’s website.