StoryCorps Community Archive
Storycorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, collecting and archiving more than 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants. DeKalb County Public Library and Storycorps have partnered and allowed for residents of DeKalb County to record their oral history at libraries and community organizations. Through this partnership, the DeKalb County Public Library has become a Community Archive for these stories, allowing for individuals to hear three minute stories from residents who live in DeKalb.
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Barbara Lester : Daughter to first African American elected to Lithonia City Council
StoryCorps did interviews at the Stonecrest Library with people who lived in or near the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area/Flat Rock Community of DeKalb County. The StoryCorps interviews were part of a special program series called Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion. The programs celebrated the history, diversity and preservation of the Flat Rock-Arabia Mountain Community. The complete StoryCorps interviews recorded at the Stonecrest branch are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress. Following is an excerpt from the interview in which Barbara Lester talks to Teresa Totten about the history of segregation in the community.