Clarkston event celebrates 'America's most diverse square mile'

The weloveatl community organization is planning a "photographic journey" sharing the stories of Clarkston's refugees on Sept. 16.

The small DeKalb County city is known as a haven for refugees from around the world, and a group of photographers spent three months following some of them for "Southern Refuge: Portraits of America's most diverse square mile."

"Through the lens of a camera, these photographers interpreted life stories in a visual language that everyone understands," the Facebook page for the event said. "Barriers of language or culture differences were removed and the clear image of a human being came through in every image."

The photographers who took part in the project, working with weloveatl and Square Mile Gallery, are Tom Griscom, Raymond McCrea Jones, Jonathan Walker, Oz Shaw, Hodan J. Osman, Aaron Coury, JR Ward and Kevin Fuentes.

The event is from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 16 at Refuge Coffee Co., located at 4170 E Ponce de Leon Ave NE.

Proceeds from print sales benefit the Clarkston Community Center.