Johns Creek students produce documentary films about the historic black cemetery

The student films are five to eight minutes long, Sanders said, adding that they filmed interviews with historians, educators and a descendant of the Waters family in September.

“I think even though they’re learning history in school, this project brought history to life,” Sanders said.

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Johns Creek’s Historical Society board member Kirk Canaday speaks about Macedonia Cemetery in February 2021. Last September he was interviewed by student filmmakers for a documentary about the cemetery. STEVE SCHAEFER FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

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    Johns Creek's Historical Society board member Kirk Canaday speaks about Macedonia Cemetery in February 2021. Last September he was interviewed by student filmmakers for a documentary about the cemetery.  STEVE SCHAEFER FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

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Johns Creek’s Historical Society board member Kirk Canaday speaks about Macedonia Cemetery in February 2021. Last September he was interviewed by student filmmakers for a documentary about the cemetery. STEVE SCHAEFER FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Credit: Steve Schaefer

The film produced by Chattahoochee High School students features Emily Cobb of the Atlanta History Center discussing the relationship between the Cherokee Nation and black residents.

Johns Creek High School interviewed Madyun Shahid, a descendant of April Waters, who is buried in Macedonia, and stresses the importance of historical research and genealogy.

Northview High School students produced a film featuring Dr. Kenja McCray, a history professor at Atlanta Metropolitan State College and visiting professor at Georgia Tech, discussing slavery and racial discrimination across the era of reconstruction.

Northview High School students’ film highlights preservation by the Town of Johns Creek and local organizations. It features Dr. Jennifer Dickey, professor of history at Kennesaw State University and Ashley Shares, superintendent of Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta.

“Working on such a unique project shows you moments of history that you could never imagine existed in places we only pass by,” said Shruthi Balachander, a junior at Northview High School. “It was really rewarding to be able to carry and tell the stories of those who lived such difficult lives.”

For more information, visit studentleadershipjohnscreek.com.

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