This neighborhood, which is now a suburban residential community, used to be almost all farmland. This was a special neighborhood because it was a mixed neighborhood, and lots of blacks owned farmland. It was also a very close community; everyone knew each other and everyone was very close.
The original neighborhood history project started in 2006. The research group began with interviewing elders in our neighborhood to get firsthand information on racial issues. The original group focused on racial injustice. After the project, they gave their information to the DeKalb History Center, hoping they would find it useful and be able to continue the project. Years later, the DeKalb History Center decided it was interesting so they pursued the project on their own. Hearing about this, Arbor reconnected with the DeKalb History Center and started a second project in early fall of 2009. We worked on researching deeds and other primary documents. Later in the project we foucused on researching property boundaries and sharing our information.
In our research we gathered information through three main mediums. We gathered information through interviews, deeds, and tax records. We interviewed elders in our neighborhood to find out more about skills used in the old days, and what their families were like. We went to the deed room in the courthouse to make copies of deeds to find out who owned land and where they got it from. We also worked in the DeKalb History Center with support of the staff to look at tax records to find out about certain land owners, and transactions for land.
We have gathered lots of information and are going to display it through many different outputs and mediums. We are working on recording a podcast, which will be a part of a walking tour of the neighborhood, giving directions and information on different significant historical places. We have collaborated with the DeKalb History Center to create a traveling exhibit that will be on display at the History Center, and have gathered photographs and artifacts to use for the exhibit. We have also put together write-ups on segregated schools, integration of schools, and different jobs. We have filmed videos of neighborhood elders teaching and explaining different skills used when they were young. The write-ups, videos, and bios on neighborhood elders can be found on this website.
The website you are about to enjoy, the DeKalb History Center’s new exhibit and a walking tour and podcast, were all put together by students from the Arbor Montessori School located in Decatur Georgia across the street from the Mt. Zion AME church. The Montessori method was invented by Maria Montessori in
The class of seventh and eighth graders interviewed and collected information about seniors in the Mt. Zion community. Descriptions of the interviewees can be found under the page marked Interviewees.
The exhibit will be on display at the DeKalb History Center. It will be opening March 2 with a reception from 5:30 7:00PM.
After gathering information we put together an exhibit to display it. This exhibit will travel around Decatur. It was originally on display at Mt Zion AME but will move to the DeKalb History Center. After being displayed there, it will come to rest at its home in Arbor Montessori School. This exhibit will display all of the information that we have gathered and will share that information with the general public. It will include: copies of primary documents, write ups written by students of arbor montessori who have worked on this project, and videos prepared by students. We have found a great deal of interesting information and we would be delighted to share it with you.
If you find any incorrect, incomplete, or otherwise invalid information, please inform us! Contact our teacher, Annie Frazer, at 404-321-9304 ext. 353 or email@example.com