The Abbott Era honored

Takoma Park honors one of it’s most famous, dramatic – and notorious – citizens next week.

The city will dedicate a plaque honoring Mayor Sam Abbott who served from 1980 – 1985. Tuesday, April 14, 7PM, at the Sam Abbott Citizens’ Center.

It was during the “The Abbott Era,” through the 1960’s, ‘70’s , and ‘80’s, when Takoma Park first established its progressive identity.


There will be storytelling from the local heroes of those days.  They’ll describe how citizen action saved the Junior High School, defeated the North Central Freeway and leveraged funds for mass transit, rescued “Block 69” from Montgomery College expansion, and defeated the Planning Commission’s odious “Mustard Sheet Plan” for the Metro site.

They will describe how the community participated in new Takoma Park government advisory committees, initiated Sanctuary City, the Folk Festival, the Nuclear Free Zone, and Unification into one county. They will describe how the political, cultural, and social reforms of that dynamic time continue to define Takoma Park to this day.

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In addition to citizen speakers, Mayor and Council members, there will be current and former elected officials: Hon. Peter Franchot, Hon. Sheila Hixson, Hon. Jamie Raskin, Hon. Will Smith, Hon. David Moon, and former Mayor Kathy Porter.

Following the program and plaque dedication, light refreshments will be served. The event will be held at the Sam Abbott Citizens’ Center, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD.