Blue Mash and Black History

Blue Mash and Black History

By Dennis Melby

You know, they tell us this is Black History Month – but every month should be black history month, and Red History Month, and Asian, and Hispanic, and White, and on and on. We’re a great American experiment, and all our achievers are remembered and honored.

I don’t know if you know but right here, in Gaithersburg and Laytonsville, close by, many of our Republican founders like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass - even Josiah Henson, walked these grounds. Blue Mash was a stop on the underground railroad (that’s how they pronounced the swampland of the blue marsh). The Quakers in Sandy Spring were an integral part of the effort. Before the Republican Party was founded to abolish slavery, counter the Democrats and strive for equality some folks right here in Montgomery County were fighting for it, they won and we honor them.

I’m proud to be a Marylander, I’m proud to be an American, and I’m super proud to be a Republican!


Dennis Melby is the Vice Chairman of the Montgomery County Maryland Republican Party and can be reached at [email protected]

Montgomery County Republican Party