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Forum: A Historical Look at St. John’s Neighborhood

October 8, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Parishioner Jay Mallin, a journalist and filmmaker, will present on the racial history of St. John’s corner of Montgomery County.

St. John’s is near the epicenter of the development and maintenance of what a Black clergyman in the 1950s called the “white collar” of residential areas that surrounded Washington, DC, in Montgomery County starting in the late 1800s. Some of the techniques used to keep these areas White, such as racial covenants, are well-known and were widespread nationally. Others —like blocking the development of a “Black Chevy Chase” at Friendship Heights—are specific to the story of Montgomery County.

Although the overt methods used to maintain these demographics have now been illegal for more than 50 years, they still greatly influence many of the neighborhoods where St. John’s parishioners live. Jay Mallin will lead a decade-by-decade tour of how our church’s area was originally established and maintained for Whites only.

This is the second session of a three-part series, organized as part of St. John’s year-long 150th Anniversary Celebration. Last Sunday our Archivist Cathy O’Donnell shared highlights from our parish history.  The October 8 presentation by Jay Mallin will set the stage for the Rev. John Talbird’s talk on Sunday, October 15, on the demographics of our neighborhoods today.


October 8, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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