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Montgomery County Public Libraries Announces Digital Collection of Local African American Newspaper

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) announced that seven years of the Montgomery Times newspaper is now available through a digital archive on MCPL’s website. The Montgomery Times began publication in 1992 and was combined with the Prince Georges Times in 1999 as the African American Times. The paper ran until 2002, covering news of interest to the African American community in Montgomery County.

Working with Barbara Flack-Darko, who was the publisher and editor-in-chief of the paper, MCPL sent the collection of papers to Advantage Preservation in Iowa for digitization and hosting of the archive. The archive is searchable by keyword and name, and can be limited by year.

“I am very happy that MCPL is able to provide our customers access to these historic newspapers,” said Director of MCPL Parker Hamilton. “Through the generosity of Ms. Flack-Darko, in making the papers available to us for digitization, we are able to preserve and make available almost 10 years of material related to our local African American community.”

The archive can be accessed from the Articles portion of the MCPL website,, and from the African American History Resources page.  MCPL staff can also assist customers in using this resource. For more information contact, Anita Vassallo at 240-777-0030.

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Release ID: 17-439
Media Contact: Judy Stiles 240-777-6507