Columbia Association – Columbia Archives

Welcome to Columbia Archives, a service of Columbia Association in Columbia, Maryland.

Columbia Archives is the primary resource on the history of the planning and development of the planned community of Columbia, as well as the life and career of its visionary founder, James Rouse. Columbia Archives serves researchers at every level and welcomes residents and visitors who wish to learn more about Columbia’s past, present, and future.

Join us on Thursday, January 31 at 2pm for a Facebook Live Q&A sneak peek of our upcoming panel discussion on early black-owned businesses in Columbia with our guests, Barney Putnam and Leonardo McClarty. Both will be presenters on Monday, February 11 at Columbia Archives’ panel discussion on “New Town Entrepreneurship: Early Black-Owned Businesses in Columbia,1967-1977,” which will be held at Slayton House (10400 Cross Fox Lane in the Wilde Lake Village Center).

The February 11 event includes a presentation of archival materials maintained within Columbia Archives, which feature early black-owned businesses in Columbia, followed by a panel discussion with local, county, regional and national business representatives.

The evening will include a presentation of archival materials maintained within Columbia Archives, which feature early black-owned businesses in Columbia, followed by a student presentation and panel discussion with local, county, regional and national business representatives.

The panelists will include:

Barney Putman Co-Owner, Riverboat Raw Bar and Seafood Carry Out, Columbia
Nettie Putnam Co-Owner, Riverboat Raw Bar and Seafood Carry Out, Columbia
Luther J. Sewell Jr. Founder LJS Group, Pittsburgh
Leonardo McClarty President/CEO, Howard County Chamber
Jetheda Hernandez Chief Strategy Officer, Ten Girlfriends and Strategic Alliances Team for the Minority Business Development Agency, Columbia

These diverse perspectives from both the past and present will give insight into black-owned businesses’ successes and challenges in Columbia and beyond.

This panel is part of Columbia Archives’ Black History program, which also includes supporting programs from Columbia Art Center, Columbia Youth and Teen Center and CA’s Before and After Care program.