HELP GROW THE JOHNS CREEK HISTORY ARCHIVES

We are actively collecting items to add to our history archives and research library for Johns Creek.  

If you have items or documents that will help record or tell the stories of life in the Johns Creek area during earlier times, please let us know. We will make digital copies for the archives, if you want to retain your originals.

Please contact us at info@johnscreekhistory.org

UPCOMING PROGRAM

Originally scheduled for the Spring, we're rescheduling a very special program that will include a tour of the historic William Rogers house and, weather permitting, the Rogers-Bell cemetery. There are very few historic structures left in Johns Creek and the William Rogers "Oakland" home is a treasure, rich in stories of its residents and association with this area's Cherokee past.

In-person outreach programming, where we bring a history presentation to your community group or business, is also available.

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Johns Creek History

Macedonia Cemetery Update

US Congresswoman Lucy McBath visiting Macedonia Cemetery with Kirk Canady and Joan Compton

Lucy McBath visited the Macedonia Cemetery

Congresswoman McBath's interest in the small African-American cemetery began while attending the premier of the four Macedonia Cemetery documentary films created through a collaboration of Student Leadership Johns Creek, Mercer University, and the Johns Creek Historical Society.

Recently, she requested a tour of Macedonia to learn more about the preservation efforts and history of the site, the church, cemetery and of those buried there. It was an honor to have the Congresswoman and two of her staff visit the site on August 17th and was clear from her questions that she has a sincere understanding of the importance of the site and an interest in its history and its preservation.

 

Degradation of a Bailey Marker at Macedonia Cemetery


photos: Joan Compton
Left: photo taken November 20, 2020. Right: photo taken July 23, 2022.
These photos show the degradation of Hattie Harris' marker. In the time between the photos, the first name became unreadable with the loss of the letters 'HAT' and the top of the 'TIE'. Other cracks forewarn of more loss if preservation steps are not taken.

The historical society has taken photos of the grave markers and condition of the site over the past 7 years. Even though the society had 14 markers repaired, the Bailey markers, like that of Hattie Harris, are a special type - not granite or marble, but concrete, hand-made for African-American burials, and considered historic pieces of folk-art. Their repair is awaiting a consultant's report commissioned by the City.

Who was HATTIE HARRIS (c1873-May 6,1965)
Hattie Harris was born Hattie Ousley about 1873. Her parents, Robert and Laura Ousley, both thought to be enslaved as children on a local farm, are also buried at Macedonia Cemetery.
read more about Hattie and who else in Macedonia Cemetery are her kin.


Exciting Find - a Geodetic Marker that helps locate the AME Macedonia Church

1973 Warsaw Geodetic Marker
on the Macedonia AME Church property

Discovered by visitors to the site, this marker is one of thousands placed across the nation by The National Geodetic Survey.  There is only one on the Macedonia property, but others in Johns Creek.  This marker's purpose had nothing to do with marking the cemetery or church, but would have been placed as part of the national navigation spatial reference system created with all the other markers placed by the National Geodetic Survey – location possibly chosen because it is on the top of a hill.  We're just lucky that in the marker's location description, the distance and direction of the marker is recorded relative to 2 corners of a "cinder block church", so we can exactly locate where the cinder block church stood and with some geometry can accurately calculate the church's width, though not its length. Using historic aerial photos with this new data will allow us to determine the church's length and also to mark the church's exact location as part of future improvements to the site.

Local restaurant showcases Johns Creek's past and present

Images of Johns Creek displayed at Another Broken Egg
Next time you are in the Another Broken Egg restaurant (the location at Johns Creek Walk on Medlock Bridge Rd), take a look at the photos displayed. The Johns Creek Historical Society, JC Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Autrey Mill shared photos to be used to decorate the restaurant's walls with iconic images of Johns Creek, from the past and today.  The black & white photos are beautifully reproduced and artistically  displayed, creating a gallery-like exhibit and destination unique to Johns Creek.

$2500 Donation from Johns Creek Advantage


Our thanks to the Directors of the Johns Creek Economic Development Corporation (DBA Johns Creek Advantage) for their contribution of $2500. We are honored by their support and recognition of the economic impact the Johns Creek Historical Society provides to the City of Johns Creek.


What else has the Historical Society been doing?

Johns Creek Historical Society welcomes 2 new board members

"They were here" Macedonia Cemetery Four-Part Documentary screenings - a project with Mercer University, Student Leadership Johns Creek, and the Johns Creek Historical Society

A program "History of Black Education in North Fulton County" presented by the N. Fulton historical societies of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, and Milton, with a focus of the Bailey-Johnson school and its planned adaptive reuse.

Charles Summerour's book which tracks his Summerour family through 10 generations, including stories of gold discoveries and their farms in the Warsaw community of Johns Creek

Macedonia Cemetery Update of activities and programs Sept-Dec 2021

Filming the "Taylor Sisters", descendants of the Rogers, Bells, and Taylor families, and view a video clip Johns Creek Traditions and History-Rogers Bridge

Neighborhood history - Country Club of the South

$2400 Funding from Commissioner Liz Hausmann

Replica Pottery Sherds

Presenting outdoor history classes for children
Outreach history programs
Participating in online webinars and presenting online history programs
Macedonia Cemetery
Working to improve and document Macedonia Cemetery
History archives
Adding to our history archives with research and with donations
Members honored
Historical Society members honored for their service