Active Remembrance

We're on a creative journey to explore and confront the history and social impact of Brownsville, a forgotten community established in 1866 that was nested in Frostburg, Maryland.

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Brownsville lives on

Brownsville was founded in the 1860's by Tamer Brown and Elizabeth Jackson. The Brownsville community grew and flourished through the 1950's. By the mid-1950's, Brownsville was firmly known as Park Ave. Residents also migrated to Mechanic St. Park Ave. and Mechanic St. essentially became the new Brownsville where all of the black families lived.  It's the same location with a new nomenclature adapted by the community's residents over time.

Many families from Brownsville still live in Frostburg today. The rich legacy of these families can be easily missed. The Brownsville Project is here to change that. 

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About Brownsville...



Brownsville was a community nested in Frostburg, Maryland. It began with two women of color, Tamar Brown and Elizabeth Jackson. Both women were freed slaves who purchased and raised homes on neighboring lots.

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Up Next

We're excited to be part of this year's Appalachian Festival, hosted annually by Frostburg State University.  This year's events will focus on diversity in appalachia. We'll share the story of Brownsville in a theatrical performance at Frostburg's Palace Theatre on September 13th at 7pm.


May 11, 2019

Cumberland, MD

Allegany County NAACP

 3-5 pm|Metropolitan AME Church| 309 Frederick St, Cumberland, MD 21502   

FREE and open to the public!


Oct 16-19, 2019

Baltimore, MD

American Folklore Society Annual Meeting



Monthly Community Meetings

The next meeting is May 11th during the post-show discussion.


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Telling our story

Right now, the Brownsville Project is primarily focused on telling the forgotten history of Brownsville, MD. We're eager to hear from Frostburg, MD residents and Brownsville descendants who either want to learn more or help share the history of Brownsville . 

There's a Brownsville story in every town.

If you would like help sharing forgotten or suppressed history, please contact us.



Let us know if you'd like to hear about our work.

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