Heritage Montgomery to Premiere Documentary on Historic Churches

Between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, 40 African American churches were constructed in Montgomery County.


In a unique “world premiere,” Heritage Montgomery will show its new 60-minute documentary profiling five of these historic church communities where generations of black families created their own spiritual, social and educational opportunities.

The documentary titled “Community Cornerstones,”  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.

Because music is such an integral part of the African American experience, the choirs associated with each featured church play a part in this project and their performances are highlighted throughout the video.

The premiere takes place on March 24 at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. prior to the screening at 7:30 p.m.

Due to limited seating, an RSVP is required. Email heritagemontgomery@gmail.com to reserve seats. This event is free of charge.

Find more information on the Heritage Montgomery website here.

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About Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media (MCM).


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