Local Man is Subject of Black History Month ExhibitOn Display through February at Rockville Memorial Library
Lorenzo Dow Turner, the first African American linguist and a founder of the field of African American Studies, is featured in an exhibit celebrating Black History Month that is on display in the Rockville Memorial Library through February 29.
His research demonstrated how African Americans retained linguistic ties with their African past through centuries of slavery and segregation.Dr. Turner (1890-1972) was educated in the Montgomery County segregated public schools where his father had a long career as a teacher and principal. The Turner family lived in the Lincoln Park community of Rockville.
“Lorenzo Dow Turner: From Lincoln Park to Leading Scholar” is hosted by Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Friends of the Library, Rockville Memorial Chapter in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, Anacostia Community Museum.
The exhibit is located on the first floor of the library at 21 Maryland Ave. Rockville Memorial Library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.
For more information about the exhibit, including links to resources about Dr. Turner, visit http://montgomerycountymd.libguides.com/blackhistorymonth. Information about the library’s Lincoln Park History Project can be found at:http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/libraries/lpark/lpproject.asp.