Exhibit Highlights Historic Lyttonsville

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The historically African American community of Lyttonsville, a 68-acre area near the Forest Glen neighborhood, is spotlighted in an exhibit at the Gwendolyn Coffield Recreation Center in Silver Spring.

"We have very few African American communities in the county, and this was one of a handful that began before the Civil War," said Susan Soderberg, education and outreach planner for historic preservation at the Montgomery County Planning Department. The department worked with a local citizens group to create the display.

The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 29, features a copy of the original 1853 deed from Leonard Johnson, a white landowner, conveying the property to Samuel Lytton, a freed slave for whom the community is named. There also are community artifacts, historical maps, photographs and newspaper clippings about the community. The area is bounded by Lanier Drive, Brookville Road, Talbot Avenue and Lyttonsville Road.

The recreation center, at 2450 Lyttonsville Rd., is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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