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Date: February 12
Lecture Presentation: Wednesday, February 28th - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Forgotten African American Community of River Road
Beginning Monday, February 12, the Town Hall will exhibit a visual display of the history of the African American Community in Somerset and Chevy Chase. Put together by Paige Whitley (Cumberland) this display includes historical photographs featuring the origins of the African American River Road community.
On Wednesday, February 28, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Paige Whitley and fellow researcher David Kathan will offer a lecture at the Town Hall on the development of the African American Community after the Civil War, how it flourished in the early twentieth century and then, with the intensified commercial development in the 1950s and 1960s, dwindled and disappeared but for the remaining Macedonia Baptist Church. In addition, they will discuss the history of the local Moses Cemetery.
This research was sponsored by the Little Falls Watershed Alliance and published in the fall of 2017 by Washington History, the journal of the DC Historical Society.
The lecture by Paige and David, along with the visual display, is certain to be of interest to all those fascinated by the history of the African American community in Somerset and the surrounding area. We hope many of you will join us!