12Feb, 2-4pm The Boyds School & Education

African-American History in Montgomery County: The Boyds School & Education


The Boyd (or Boyds) Negro School was a rural, segregated school that served the African-American children of Boyds and several surrounding communities from 1896 to 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 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. This is a program in celebration of Black History Month and presented by the Montgomery County Historical Society (MCHS).

Quince Orchard Library                                                           15831 Quince Orchard Road                                      Gaithersburg, MD 20878