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Aging Well: School Segregation in Montgomery County

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 12:00 PM
Takoma Seventh Day Adventist Church Center, Keystone Room
6810 Eastern Ave.
Washington, DC  

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Still Standing: The Relics of School Segregation in Montgomery County

Education, denied to slaves, was one of the highest priorities of emancipated African Americans. But in Montgomery County, where slavery existed, public education was not extended to black children until a decade after it was instituted for white children. Even then, the practice of “separate but equal” schools was anything but equal, and no black high school was built until well into the 20th century. A surprising number of these African American schools still exist in the county, including several erected through a partnership between Booker T. Washington and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald that helped improve black education all over the South.

Speaker is Ralph Buglass.  A Montgomery County native and avid history buff, he speaks frequently to community groups, businesses, and at national conferences, and has taught at lifelong learning institutes associated with Johns Hopkins, American University and Montgomery College. He is with the Montgomery County Historical Society's Speakers Bureau.  

This presentation is in partnership with Historic Takoma, and in recognition of Black History Month.