Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Talbot Avenue Bridge 100th birthday celebration set for September 22

A critical transportation link for the historic African-American community of Lyttonsville is turning 100, and a birthday celebration is now planned for Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 PM at the Talbot Avenue Bridge. The bridge is located at the end of Talbot Avenue, and connects Lyttonsville with North Woodside in Silver Spring.

Not only is the bridge a classic piece of engineering expertise by the famed Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, but it played a key role in keeping the community connected to the rest of Silver Spring during segregation in Montgomery County.

The birthday program will be headlined by African-American a capella ensemble Jubilee Voices; music by Silver Spring singer-songwriter Lea; a performance of “The Talbot Avenue Bridge” instrumental by Silver Spring resident Jay Elvove; storytelling and remembrances of the bridge’s significance to local residents; children’s activities; and festive food and drink. All activities are free and open to the public.

The program’s rain date is Saturday September 29, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Follow the Talbot Avenue Bridge website for information and weather-related announcements as the date approaches.

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