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DeKalb History Center hosting presentation on African American heritage of Decatur


DeKalb History Center hosting presentation on African American heritage of Decatur

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Sallie Thomas Durham, longtime Decatur resident, with family. Image obtained via the city of Decatur.


Next week, the DeKalb History Center will host its June Lunch & Learn event, focusing on the African American heritage of Decatur.

“Much is still unknown about the early history of African Americans in Decatur,” a city newsletter said. “Although there have been many resources published about Decatur, many have only small sections devoted to the African American population.”

The event will be presented by Laurel Wilson. According to the city, Wilson has dedicated herself to unearthing and researching the lives of African Americans in Decatur and DeKalb County. She has worked specifically with the Decatur Cemetery and “Section 6,” the area of the cemetery where African Americans are buried.

Through years of research, Wilson has documented the lives of countless people buried in the Decatur Cemetery, using her findings to form a better picture of who was buried in Section 6 and what their lives were like in the earlier days of Decatur.

The event will take place on Tuesday, June 11 from noon until 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse, located at 101 E. Court Square in Decatur. Additionally, the event is free and open to the community, but participants must bring their own lunch.

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