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Lecture: Rockville’s Role in the Education of African Americans
February 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Up until the mid-20th century, schools in Rockville – as well as Montgomery County – were segregated, but Rockville has played a major part in ever-increasing educational opportunities for African American students, beginning with a Freedmen’s Bureau school in a church basement after the Civil War and finally a modern high school for black students – albeit the only one in the county. In between, a Rockville teacher and his then-little-known attorney, Thurgood Marshall, paved the way for equal pay for black teachers one of the first legal challenges of segregated schooling. Come learn about this important history.
This program presented by Historian Ralph Buglass, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Rockville Memorial Chapter, and Peerless Rockville is free and open to the public. It is appropriate for students, adults, and seniors. Seating is limited; registration is required.