Posted on: January 10, 2018

The Forgotten History of the African American Community of River Rd - Thurs - 2/28/2018 - 7:30 pm

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 at Town Hall., 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.

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