At Frostburg State University, some students and recent graduates are working on a fundraising campaign to honor the historic Brownsville Community on FSU’s campus.
During the late 1800’s there was an African American community who once thrived and lived where the current upper quad is on campus. FSU, which at that time was known as Normal School Number 2 kept expanding during the 1920’s through the 1950’s and many in the Brownsville community were forced to relocate as a result. Some students and recent graduates are looking to raise $10,000 to erect a 7-foot granite monument that would pay homage to those in the Brownsville comity.
“We have forgotten that there were people living here who gave up their homes and they’re just as much in my opinion apart of forming this university as other people who initially contributed money, so I think we need to honor those memories,” said Dr. Amy Armiento, an associate professor of English and the coordinator of African American Studies.
And many of the descendants of the Brownsville community still live in the area.