Historically Black Communities of Sandy Spring

The Corner Cupboard, 1925

At the turn of the 20th century, the black population living in Sandy Spring far exceeded the white population.  Both free and enslaved blacks have been living in Sandy Spring since the 1700s but there is little written history on the people and the self-sufficient, segregated black communities that were built.

In summer 2019 the Museum was awarded a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to document the homes and businesses of all free blacks living in the Sandy Spring area between the late 1700s and the mid-20th century.

Click here to learn more about this project and explore the communities of Davis Corner and Ebenezer Church.

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