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River Creek Blog: Remembering Bazil Newman

This week 165 years ago, Bazil Newman at age 72 was laid to rest in the Newman family cemetery, located opposite the 13th tee box at River Creek along Olympic Boulevard. Newman, an African-American, owned and farmed 119 acres near the Potomac River and Goose Creek. He was part owner of a warehouse along the creek, and he operated Edwards Ferry, thought to be a link in the historic Underground Railway transporting escaped slaves to safety. He and his family settled on his farm in 1835.

Newman's tombstone was found originally leaning up against a tree on the family cemetery plot. Later it went missing and didn’t reappear until five years later when a resident called the developer, Mark Montgomery, saying that the tombstone was in his backyard flower bed. Montgomery had the tombstone embedded in concrete at the Newman family cemetery with a plaque marking the plot along with an ornamental fence enclosure.

Reflections magazine

For the third consecutive year, the River Creek magazine, Reflections, won the APEX award for the top community magazine in the nation. According to its editor-in-chief, Bea Snyder, there were over 1,400 entries in the Magazine, Journal and Tabloid category. “We were up against such publications as American Bank Association in DC, AARP Bulletin, Midwest Luxury Publishing … just to name a few.”
Ms. Snyder said, “This would not be possible without the talent and commitment of the editorial staff: Margaret Mortimer, Fran Roberts, Linda Furr, Cami McNamee and Laura Pitt. A very special thank you to Mary Pat Imlah, principal of Imagery Print.” She added a singular note of appreciation for members of the River Creek community who contribute articles, photos and information “which made this award possible. Reflections is a community effort.”
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