Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Smithville Colored School
A Julius Rosenwald School
Marker series. This marker is included in the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
Location. 39° 4.526′ N, 76° 59.706′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on East Randolph Road east of New Hampshire Avenue (Maryland Route 650), on the right when traveling east. Touch 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fawcett's Mill (approx. one mile away); Snowden's Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away); Edmonston's Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away); Valley Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Valley Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away); Kemp Mill (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Northwest Branch (approx. 1.9 miles away); Mica Mine Ruins (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
1. Who donated the land for the school in 1927
My step-dad was Rufus W. Johnson, son of Charles L. Johnson. Charles donated the 2.0 acres of land for the Smithville Colored School September 22, 1927. He donated the land so that the local children could receive an education.
It is a little disappointing that Charles Johnson's name is not in the remarks on the marker.
In 1999 Rufus Johnson received a letter from Robert Merryman assuring him that the donation would be memorialized.
We are so pleased that the school has become a museum in 2005, but regret that Charles name was left off of the marker. Perhaps this oversight will be corrected. If not for the generous contribution of Charles Johnson, there would not have been a Smithville Colored School. (Mr. Johnson's late wife who passed in 1915, maiden name was Smith).
— Submitted October 4, 2013, by Yvonne Robinson of Kerrville, Texas.
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Education •
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