Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 12N-1PM – SSVFD in Sharp Street United Methodist Church 200th Anniversary Parade
The Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department (SSVFD) is proud to participate in this year’s Sharp Street United Methodist Church parade on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 12N -1 PM.
Sharp Street United Methodist Church was formed in 1822 in Sandy Spring, Maryland, some 102 years before the SSVFD was formed in 1924. A number of the founding Quaker families of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department were instrumental in securing land for the Sharp Street church, names like Brooke, Stabler, Bentley, and Gilpin (see https://www.sharpstreetumc.org/) – land that was ultimately conveyed well known names in the African American community of Sandy Spring such Remus Q. Hill, S.E. Powell and Levi Hall, trustees of the church. Long before the Civil War the record books indicate that the first trustees of the Sharp Street UMC were free African American land owners in Sandy Spring, (including, but not limited to) T. Mitchell, W. Bowen, J.E. Wetherald, H. Plummer, Sarah Owens, T. Marriott, N. Powell, A. Waters, S. Plumphery, Samuel Cole and E.E. Alcorn. Other leading citizens of the community were Caleb Dorsey, Caleb Pumphrey, Samuel Budd, Richard Hill, and J.T. Budd. Today, the ancestors of these and others, still live within the community supporting Sharp Street United Methodist Church. Sharp Street is the oldest black church in Montgomery County. Called the “heart of the neighborhood”, the church has been ministering to generations of African Americans and the broader community for nearly 200 years.
Please consider coming out on Saturday, September 10, 2022 for the parade or picnic to support this institution in our community.