Talbot Avenue Bridge Turns 100

It was a day full of music, dance, and fellowship as dozens of residents gathered in Silver Spring for the Talbot Avenue Bridge Centennial Celebration.

“What we’re trying to do is mark the 100 years with reflection on the importance of this bridge to our county’s history,” said Laura Hussey, volunteer coordinator for the centennial celebration.

According to organizers, the bridge was constructed in 1918 to join Lyttonsville, a historically African-American community and North Woodside, a historically white community.

For many residents who grew up in this neighborhood decades ago, this bridge was a mark of segregation.

“This bridge symbolizes struggle, strength, and encouragement,” said Patricia Tyson. “The bridge has a language of its own. It made a lot of noise when I was little and would cross it.  Everything has a voice and I’m sure it was just reverberating the sounds that people had in their hearts that they couldn’t express.”

 

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Mitti Hicks

About Mitti Hicks

Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at MHicks@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter @mittimegan.

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