Exhibit Shares History of Scotland, One of County’s Earliest African American Communities

An exhibit at the Bette Carol Thompson Scotland Neighborhood Recreation Center in Potomac tells the story of Scotland, one of Montgomery County’s earliest African American settlements, according to Montgomery County Recreation

It was presented during the recreation center’s first annual Scotland Black history event on Saturday. In the late 1800s, African Americans who were formerly enslaved purchased land in the Potomac area, per documents from Montgomery History. Today, Scotland’s 100 townhomes make up a multi-cultural population, according to the recreation department. 

Last summer, three streets in Potomac named after Confederate generals were renamed after prominent figures in Scotland’s history: Geneva Mason and William Dove.

Saturday’s event was delayed more than once due to COVID-19.

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