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Silver Spring bridge to be saved as symbol of segregation history

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Officials have agreed to preserve part of a historic Maryland bridge that served as a lifeline to blacks during segregation.

Montgomery County officials say the Maryland Transit Administration has agreed to save the steel girders from the Talbot Avenue bridge when it’s torn down to make way for a light-rail line and recreation trail. The cost and funding have yet to be determined.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that residents of Lyttonsville, founded in 1853 by a free black laborer, have worked for years to preserve the bridge, which was closed last year after failing a safety inspection. The bridge enabled blacks to reach restaurants and stores that would serve them in areas where they were allowed to work, but not live.

 

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