Friday, March 19, 2010

Trachtenberg Office Salutes Black History Month in Lyttonsville

Councilmember Trachtenberg’s Office celebrated Black History Month at the Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center in the Lyttonsville Community of Silver Spring. Trachtenberg staff joined members of the public in viewing the Lyttonsville community’s “Remembering African American Soldiers” exhibit prepared for Black History Month.

The exhibit noted the service of Mr. Phillip Eaglin, a Lyttonsville resident who was born a slave in 1831 and fought for General Grant during the Civil War. Pictures of United States servicemen from the Gaither, Turner and Tracy families in Lyttonsville were also displayed. The exhibit included a copy of the original deed conveying property in 1853 to Samuel Lytton, a freed slave, as well as interesting maps, photographs, and numerous other documents and artifacts.

The program was organized by Charlotte Coffield of the Lyttonsville Civic Association. She is the sister of the Center’s namesake, the late Gwendolyn Coffield. The Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center is located at 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD.

Alan Bowser, our Chief of Staff, represented Councilmember Trachtenberg at this program.

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