Silver Spring Black History Tours

In 2016 I began asking Silver Spring residents, business owners, and Montgomery County officials where I could find sites associated with the African American experience in Silver Spring.

None of the people I asked could name one inside the central business district.

I subsequently began offering tours that visit 20 sites in downtown Silver Spring where people can learn about Silver Spring as a sundown suburb and the resistance to Jim Crow and segregation that occurred there in the 1960s.

First Silver Spring Black History Tour, October 2016. Photo by Charlotte Coffield.

The tours are free and are offered several times a year. To get on the mailing list for advance notice or to request a special group tour, email

Upcoming Tours:

September 2017
February 2018
May 2018