HOT SHOT: Where Did We Find This Proud Peacock?

Well, it might not be that unusual to see a peacock hanging around a farm in our area. But we saw this fellow on the prowl in front of a public building somewhere in South County.

Can you guess where?

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Should you need a hint, this location is named for the Nobel Peace Prize winner credited with brokering the 1948 armistice agreements between Israel and the Arab States.

Well, congratulations already to Kisha Pratt-Quattlebaum of Shady Side, who solved this one in under seven minutes!

She said that it was taken at the Ralph J. Bunche Community Center on Mill Swamp Road in Edgewater. The location is named for the first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize (1950).

The center is one of 22 Rosenwald Schools, built in Anne Arundel County between 1917 and 1932. In all, 5,000 such schools were built to educate African Americans in 15 southern states.

Funding for the schools came from Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears Roebuck and Company as well as public and community funds. The school designs were created by Booker T. Washington. In South County, a number of schools have been preserved, including this Mill Swamp location, the recently renovated Galesville site and at Shady Side, which is now known as the Lula G. Scott Center.

The schools became obsolete after the 1954 Supreme Court school desegregation decision and many fell into disrepair. Other schools in South County included Friendship, Lothian and Churchton.

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