“After Hours” Speaker Series Continues with Discussion on Pleasant View, Quince Orchard Colored School

Gaithersburg Community Museum

As part of African American History Month, the Gaithersburg Community Museum continues its monthly After Hours speaker series with a presentation on Pleasant View and the Quince Orchard Colored School on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 3 p.m. Jason Green, a descendant of 19th century families from the Quince Orchard African American community, discusses the preservation of history at Pleasant View. Admission is $5.

The Quince Orchard African American community was officially created in 1868, when land was purchased for a Methodist Episcopal Church and school, although its residents most likely were enslaved in the area prior to emancipation. Located along Route 28 between Muddy Branch and Quince Orchard Roads, the church building dates to 1914 and the school pre-dates 1902, when it was moved to the site (it was originally the white school, which was replaced that year). Today the property is overseen by the Pleasant View Historical Association, which is responsible for preserving the buildings and cemetery as well as the history of the site and the people for whom it had meaning. Jason Green will talk about the recent progress made in preserving Pleasant View’s history. View a video on Pleasant View as part of GTV’s Discover Gaithersburg series here.

City of Gaithersburg Multicultural Affairs Committee is also hosting a free reception on Monday, February 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 South Frederick Avenue. Winners of a student essay contest will be recognized during this special tribute, which will also feature an art exhibit and presentations, music, and light refreshments. Reservations are requested by February 17. Please e-mail mac@gaithersburgmd.gov or call 301-258-6350 by February 17, 2016.

Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex near the intersection of Summit and Diamond Avenues in Olde Towne, the Gaithersburg Community Museum features educational exhibits and programs designed to spark interest and imagination about our City's history.

The monthly After Hours speaker series features insightful presentations and lively discussion with local historians, curators, authors and cartographers. For information and to reserve a spot, please contact the Gaithersburg Community Museum. Make a reservation online.