Thurgood Marshall and William Gibbs: Civil Rights in Rockville

Part of Peerless Rockville’s Emancipation to Integration series – come hear the story of an early Civil Rights victory in Rockville.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:00 am
Grand Courtroom of the Historic Red Brick Courthouse

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In 1937, renowned Civil Rights attorney and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall represented William Gibbs, a Rockville principal suing for equal pay for black teachers. Honorable Patrick L. Woodward, Maryland Court of Special Appeals Judge, will discuss the case and University of Maryland Law Professor and Historian Professor Larry S. Gibson will explain how this local civil rights hero helped set the stage for Marshall’s further legal work against discrimination.

Let us know you’re coming and skip the line at the door; register via Eventbrite!

Co-sponsored by Heritage Montgomery.

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 Saturday, April 8
10 am
201 West Gude Drive
Pepco WaterShed Sustainability Center
Free!
Registration Required

 

Join Peerless Rockville and Pepco for a tour of the Pepco WaterShed Sustainability Center for Earth Month!
WaterShed, the University of Maryland’s winning entry into the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, is a solar-powered home that harvests, recycles, and reuses water. A living classroom and laboratory for sustainable energy and water practices, the Pepco WaterShed Sustainability Center features a solar home and hands-on, interactive displays that educate visitors with energy-saving ideas they can apply in their own home.
The Pepco Watershed Sustainability will be open on a weekend for this special event – take this unique opportunity to visit and learn about cutting-edge technological solutions to achieve high efficiency performance in an affordable manner.
Due to limited space, registration is required.
RSVP at Eventbrite
Or contact Peerless Rockville at
info@peerlessrockville.org
301-762-0096

Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald Screening

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
7 pm
The Universities at Shady Grove
$5 Admission (Click here to purchase tickets); Free for Universities at Shady Grove students.
Click here for more information.

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The Rise of Separate But Unequal Schools

The Rise of Separate but Unequal Schools

Saturday, March 11
1 pm
Jerusalem – Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
21 Wood Lane
Rockville, MD

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Jerusalem-Mt.Pleasant UM Church, c. 1900.

This illustrated presentation will cover the early years of segregated schools in Rockville  and Montgomery County after the Civil War through the first high school for African American students in the early 20th century, with a focus on inherent inequalities in supposedly “separate but equal” schools for blacks. The local community  worked to provide education until Maryland established segregated public schools in 1872. Later, Rosenwald schools supported the first county high school for blacks in Rockville.

Come learn about the early efforts in equalizing education and experience the history of this important church in advancing education at the very site where one of the earliest black schools held classes.

Speakers:

Ralph Buglass and Rev. Jane Wood

RSVP at Eventbrite!

Or contact Peerless Rockville at info@peerlessrockville.org or 301-762-0096

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Advocacy News

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Chestnut Lodge, c. 1900

Chestnut Lodge

On February 27, Rockville Mayor and Council voted 4-1 to authorize  the City Manager to execute a contract of sale for the purchase of the historic Chestnut Lodge property at 500 W. Montgomery Avenue, Rockville. This purchase would be contingent upon the City acquiring two immediately adjacent parcels of land from the Chestnut Lodge Community for the purpose of creating a passive public park. Peerless Rockville is pleased with this outcome and applauds the City for thoughtfully considering the future of this important parcel and undertaking this effort to preserve it for the benefit of all Rockville residents. Stay tuned for future updates.

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The statue in its current location

The Confederate Veterans Statue

On February 28, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced that the statue, currently located next to the Old Red Brick Courthouse, has been transferred to private ownership and will moved to private property at White’s Ferry in northwestern Montgomery County. The statue will remain on display and accessible to the public. No date has been announced for the move.

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Peerless Rockville closed on President’s Day

The Peerless Rockville office will be closed on February 20, 2017 for President’s Day.

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Emancipation to Integration Series: RSVP today!

graphic2-pix copy-page-001This spring, Peerless Rockville celebrates the fight for educational equality in Rockville with a multi-part series. Join us as we highlight the efforts of the local African-American community to secure quality educational opportunities for their children after emancipation, through the challenges of separate and unequal segregated schools, and the experiences of desegregation following Brown vs. Board. Through an exhibit, illustrated presentations, and panels of those who lived it, Peerless Rockville explores the local effort to achieve educational equality.

This free series will highlight five periods of significance on the path to integrated schools, culminating in a panel discussion where local alumni will discuss their experiences during desegregation. All events will be free and open to the public.

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The schedule for the upcoming series:

The Experience of Emancipation in Maryland
Friday, February 24, 7 pm
Rockville Memorial Library

February 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of a petition from 20 Rockville men pledging to fund a school and teacher to educate black children in 1867. Learn about these brave men and early efforts in black education with an exhibit and reception at our series kick-off at Rockville Memorial Library.

The 1867 petition occurred only a few years after emancipation under the new State Constitution of 1864 that freed slaves throughout Maryland. What did emancipation actually mean for the newly freed slaves? Morgan State University Professor David Taft Terry, Ph.D, will explain the changes, challenges, and opportunities emancipation brought to daily life in Maryland.

Link to free Eventbrite registration. Please let us know you’re coming!

The Rise of Separate but Unequal Schools
Saturday, March 11, 1 pm
Jerusalem-Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church

Exactly 150 years ago, a group of African-American men – some recently freed- petitioned for a school in Rockville. Segregated schools established by the state came next – separate but hardly equal.  Later, Rosenwald schools supported a county high school for blacks in Rockville, years after schools for white children. Learn about the history of the Jerusalem-Mt. Pleasant church in advancing education.  Featuring Montgomery History Speakers Bureau Ralph Buglass and Rev. Jane Wood

Link to free Eventbrite registration. Please let us know you’re coming!

Thurgood Marshall and William Gibbs: Civil Rights in Rockville
Saturday, April 1, 10 am
Red Brick Courthouse

In 1937, renowned Civil Rights attorney and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall represented William Gibbs, a Rockville principal suing for equal pay for black teachers. Honorable Patrick L. Woodward will discuss the case and Professor Larry S. Gibson will explain how this local civil rights hero helped set the stage for Marshall’s further legal work against discrimination. Featuring Larry Gibson, University of Maryland Law Professor and Historian and Honorable Patrick L. Woodward, Maryland Court of Special Appeals Judge.

Link to free Eventbrite registration. Please let us know you’re coming!

Remembering the Carver Years
Friday, April 21, 6:30 pm
Carver Educational Services Building Auditorium

Learn about the achievement of Carver High School as the only high school for black students in Montgomery County and the experiences of alumni and staff.

Eventbrite registration coming soon!

Panel Discussion: Stories of School Desegregation
Tuesday, May 2, 7 pm.
Rockville City Hall Mayor and Council Chambers

Our county was the first to desegregate, following the City of Baltimore. Hear the stories of those who lived it as teachers and students. Featuring Connie Morella as panel moderator.

Eventbrite registration coming soon!

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