In researching the history of Sandy Spring, I came across a very interesting and relevant documentary on YouTube called “Sandy Spring: Unity in the Time of Segregation.” The video was produced by Montgomery College’s television station and, in it, a Montgomery College student discusses the research he did on the town’s racial history. He also conducted interviews with town locals who recount what it was like to grow up in Sandy Spring.
For the Extreme Exhibit Makeover project, Team Jersey Shore is focusing on the general store and post office section of the Museum. I found the portions of the video where the locals remember shopping at the general store and where they recall homes not having addresses to be of particular interest to our focus as a group. It never occurred to me that homes did not have mailboxes or even addresses in the early 20th Century. In learning such a fact, I realized the post office had a much more prominent role in town than I originally imagined. I also found it interesting that everyone, regardless of race or creed, shopped at the general store in the time of segregation.
Though the general store was not segregated, the interviewees describe the impact of segregation they felt in other aspects of life, such as education. They also explain what life was like in Sandy Spring after Montgomery County outlawed segregation in the early 1960s. I suggest anyone interested in the history of Sandy Spring take time to watch this video.