Inscription. 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”
By Tom Fuchs, April 29, 2006
|1. Smithville Colored School Marker|
2005 by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Iota Upsilon Lambda Chapter, in cooperation with the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission and the Maryland Historical Trust.
By Tom Fuchs
|2. Photograph Embedded in the Marker|
Marker series. This marker is included in the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
Location. 39° 4.526′ N, 76° 59.706′ W. Marker is in Colesville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on East Randolph Road east of New Hampshire Avenue (Maryland Route 650), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. It is just before Fairland Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 811 East Randolph Road, Silver Spring MD 20904, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Kemp Mill (approx. 1.9 miles away); Mother Jones (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Holland Red Door Store (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Spirit of Wheaton (approx. 4 miles away); Ebenezer Meeting House (approx. 4.2 miles away); Daniel Carroll of Rock Creek (approx. 5.1 miles away); Beltsville Agricultural Research Center - West (approx. 5.1 miles away); Brown’s Tavern (approx. 5.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Duncan Signs Deed Transferring Ownership of Former "Smithville Colored School" Site. Montgomery County Press Release (Submitted on May 2, 2006.)
2. Smithfield Colored School renovated, reopened after 53 years. 2005 article by Lana Boone from Blake Beat the newspaper of James Hubert Blake High School,
Silver Spring, Md. (Submitted on May 2, 2006.)
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,800 times since then. Last updated on May 12, 2012, by John J Hollowell of Port Republic, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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