111 W. Montgomery Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850
“River Road, Bethesda: A Short History of Black and White, 1850-1963”
Speaker: Paige Whitley
Join us for this FREE program exploring one of the Historic River Road African American Communities featured in the American University exhibit “Plans to Prosper You:” the community rooted in a now-commercial section of River Road, Bethesda, sometimes called Westbard. This presentation outlines the history of this community and their white neighbors from before the Civil War to after Desegregation, and examines the networks of families, faith, education, and work that held the community together before intensified commercial development led to its eventual disbandment.
All Tuesday Talks are free and everyone is welcome!