Stories from the NFCCA Newsletter, the “Northwood News”

Northwood News ♦ October 2016

Silver Spring Black History Tour

There are lots of historic places in downtown Silver Spring.  Their stories have been told in picture books, historic preservation reports, and historical markers.  One chapter of Silver Spring’s past that has not yet been written is its African American history.

Silver Spring developed as a “sundown suburb” in the early 20th century.  It was a place where African Americans were welcome to work in the stores and homes, but they were unable to shop, eat, play, and live in the community here.

This two-hour tour led by NFCCA board member and neighbor David Rotenstein explores Silver Spring’s historic landscape as it transitioned from Jim Crow segregation into the thriving multicultural community it’s become.

The tour begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 22.  Participants should meet in front of the Second and Cameron garage, 8530 Cameron Street, across from the Tastee Diner.  The tour will last for two hours and will end near the intersection of East-West Highway and Georgia Avenue.  The cost is free and participation is limited to the first 25 people.

For more information on the tour, go to David Rotenstein’s online blog.   ■

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