Brownsville was a community nested in Frostburg, Maryland. It began with two women of color, Tamer Brown and Elizabeth Jackson. Both women were freed slaves who purchased and raised homes on neighboring lots. With the support of other former enslaved people in Allegany County, they organized and nurtured an African American community that lasted from the 1860’s through the 1950’s. Frostburg State University now exists where Brownsville once stood. The story behind Brownsville’s existence and displacement is too rich and dense to share here. The full story can be found in Lynn G. Bowman’s book: Being Black in Brownsville: Echoes of a “forgotten” Frostburg.