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Library to Host History Lecture Focusing on Boyds Negro School

The Germantown Public Library will host an historical lecture titled, “African-American History in Montgomery County: The Boyd School & Education” by Elaine R. Fors-MacKellar on Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 pm in meeting room A at the library.

Boyd (or Boyds) Negro School was a rural, segregated school that served the African-American children of Boyds and several surrounding communities from 1896-1936. The little rural one room school, which was without central heat, water or electricity, served children from grades 1-7, most of whom walked for many miles to get there.

The PowerPoint and video presentation describes how this small rural segregated school represents an important segment of the timeline of the history of segregated education within Montgomery County, from the beginnings of public education for students of color through the landmark decision in Brown vs. Board of Education. The story is told in part through the personal recollections of former students and teachers.

Elaine R. Fors-MacKellar is an attorney and educator in Montgomery County. She is a life-long resident of Montgomery County, and currently lives in Boyds. The talk is sponsored by the Germantown Historical Society.

Photo courtesy Germantown Historical Society.


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