Save the Memory of Brownsville

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In 1866, Tamar Brown, probably a newly freed slave, purchased property in the small town of Frostburg located in the mountains of Western Maryland. Brown was the first settler of the burgeoning African-American neighborhood on the outskirts of the town. 

By the 1920s, nearly 40 families had resided in Brownsville, which included a schoolhouse, a church, and even family-owned restaurants and businesses run in the homes. In the 1930s, the Brownsville homes began to be gradually purchased by the state of Maryland in order to expand the campus of Normal School #2 (now Frostburg State University). 

Today, the university campus well exceeds the boundaries of the neighborhood, but the memory is fading because few former residents remain alive. In order to rescue this soon-to-be lost history from obscurity, a group of students, faculty, and community members have teamed up to arrange the placement of a monument on campus.

Video used with permission of Jonathan Hunter

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Class Leaderboard

The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Parents
Class YearDonorsDollars
1982 7$1,925
2017 2$1,220
1984 4$600
2018 3$524
1983 6$435
1986 4$163
1976 2$150
1985 1$125
1975 1$100
1978 2$100
1981 2$100
2013 1$100
1980 2$100
2011 3$85
2012 1$65
1999 1$50
1979 1$50
2004 2$50
1988 1$13


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75% Alumni

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3% Parents

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13% Faculty/Staff

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7% Friends

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Donor list

Kathleen Breighner & Eric
Thomas Bowling
Marjorie Forster
Paul W ReutershanPaul W Reutershan photo
Kurt Pfluger
Dorothy Ige Campbell
Ben NorrisBen Norris photo
Carol Fegan
Kevin John Spradlin
Linda F. Blake Josey
MARLON LECOUNT SHARPE
Terry E. Hall
Robin Renee' CrawfordRobin Renee' Crawford photo
Teresa R. Bailey
Kenisha Boone
Mark James Freeman
Gerry LaFemina
Cook, Annette Ross
Gwendolyn Powell Cason
Amy Barkman
Mary Ann G. Chapman
Debbie Parks Brown
Michael l Taylor
Robert and Ruth Spahr
Timmie K Lucas
Anonymous
Debbie Smith-Addo
Marjorie Forster
Melvin and Sherrill King
Marilyn Williams
Thomas K. Winston
Hodnett, Roslyn Stewart
Noel R Cyrus
Anna Maria Griffith
Loren S Campbell
Bruce, A, Banner
Harlan Johnson
David Green
Kenneth A. Buck
Reuben M. Sanders 3rd
Wanda Trice Etheridge

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