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February 28, 2018
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Town Hall
4510 Cumberland Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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The Forgotten African American Community of River Road

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Discover the history of black and white in our area. In Somerset and nearby lived slaves and slave owners before the Civil War. On Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., two Somerset residents will give a talk. Paige Whitley/ Cumberland will outline the origins of the African American River Road community and how it developed after the Civil War, flourished in the early twentieth century and then, with intensified commercial development in the 1950s and 1960s, dwindled and disappeared but for the remaining Macedonia Baptist Church. David Kathan/Dorset will detail the history of the local Moses Cemetery and answer questions on the cemetery delineation being demanded by Macedonia Baptist Church and area communities. This research, sponsored by the Little Falls Watershed Alliance, was published in Fall 2017 by Washington History, journal of the DC Historical Society.