March 24, 2014

Heritage Montgomery Debuts Documentary on Five Local Historic African American Church Communities; Public Invited to Free Screening

Between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, 40 African American churches were constructed in Montgomery County. It was here where generations of black families created their own spiritual, social and educational opportunities.

Heritage Montgomery (HM) has produced a new 60-minute documentary video featuring five of these historic church communities. Entitled "Community Cornerstones: African American Communities in Montgomery County, Maryland," the video includes reminiscences by church elders whose words explain how these communities developed, illustrate life in segregated times and convey their pride in the accomplishments of their ancestors.

On March 25, HM will host a free public screening of Community Cornerstones at The Universities at Shady Grove, Auditorium, Building I, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the screening at 7:30.

Because seating is limited, attendees must RSVP to