History of Sandy Bottom
Sandy Bottom was once a thriving community of African Americans that covered York Road from the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) to roughly Bosley Avenue in Towson. It is said that this community was once the area of slave quarters of the Hampton Mansion, and that it was indeed a very sandy area. It is believed that when slavery ended, the then freed slaves from this area, not knowing where to go to, decided to stay in the familiar area. Over a long period of time, homes were built, but not many owned by African American families, and when commercialism swept through the town of Towson, just about all of the African Americans were displaced, and businesses grew up in what was once their home area.

In this area, Carver High School, one of the three original high schools built for African Americans by Baltimore County in 1939, and originally located in historic East Towson, was relocated in a newer, larger building. The school remains in this area today, though not now known as Carver School..



Old Mt. Olive Baptist Church, built in the 1800s on the edge of what was once Sandy Bottom. This is the only structure still remaining from the Sandy Bottom community.
Reverend and Mrs. William C. Williams. His father, Reverend James Williams founded Mt. Olive Baptist Church in 1888.

This photograph was taken in the 1960s.
Alexander Frazier from Sandy Bottom, Towson. Date of the photograph is not known

Florence Mayers Sterrett and her husband, Joshua Sterrett. They are the parents of Dorothy Sterrett Frazier who resided in Sandy Bottom, Towson.

Date of photograph is not known.

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