"Flat Rock was originally started for the black community down near a brush harbor, and it was built by a large flat rock...was exactly how the name became Flat Rock. That was very late 1800s or early 1900s. After several years down there, a fire happened and the sanctuary was destroyed. They purchased eight acres of land ,at a dollar per acre, and they built the sanctuary that you see where the historical marker is now. The front part of that building at Flat Rock is the original building that was built after the other one was destroyed."
Flat Rock is an African American community that was historically centered around a church and the agricultural industry. The Flat Rock Church was organized in 1896 and was said to be located near a large “flat rock,” near Sandy Creek. In 1910, a new church building was constructed at its present location on Highway 83 and later the Flat Rock School was established. Over the years, the Flat Rock Community has played a role in agriculturally viable industries such as cotton, hay harvesting, and seasonal industry, such as orchards.