Smithville Colored School

Smithville Colored School (HM11EN)

Location: Silver Spring, MD 20904 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 4.526', W 76° 59.706'

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A Julius Rosenwald School

Built in 1927, the Smithfield Colored School was one of sixteen schools for African Americans constructed in the county with financial assistance from the Julian Rosenwald Fund. The Smithville school was built near Colesville, Maryland to provide "colored" students a better opportunity for education. The land for the school was donated, and the community raised money to supplement the Rosenwald Fund and donated materials and labor. The school name came from the surrounding community which had been named for a local family. Montgomery County also provided funds for the completion of the school. The county Board of Education operated the school, but the teachers were paid less than the white teachers, the books were previously used, and the supplies limited. The cooperative effort between Julius Rosenwald Fund and African American citizens gave a tremendous boost to public education for African Americans in the South during a time of segregation in a separated but extremely unequal environment. In spite of the disparity of treatment, these students became doctors, lawyers, teachers, and skilled tradesmen. The Smithville School was closed in the spring of 1952 when all Montgomery County schools for "colored" children were consolidated. "That which was designed to separate us will unite us"
HM NumberHM11EN
Series This marker is part of the Rosenwald Schools series
Year Placed2005
Placed ByAlpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Iota Upsilon Lambda Chapter, in cooperation with the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission and the Maryland Historical Trust
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 7:39pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 327417 N 4327042
Decimal Degrees39.07543333, -76.99510000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 4.526', W 76° 59.706'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 4' 31.56" N, 76° 59' 42.36" W
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Area Code(s)202, 240, 301, 703, 410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 811 E Randolph Rd, Silver Spring MD 20904, US
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