About Us


The Talbot Avenue Bridge Centennial Planning Committee was formed in April by Lyttonsville residents Charlotte Coffield and Patricia Tyson. Residents from both sides of the Talbot Avenue Bridge as well as people from other parts of Silver Spring have joined in to throw Montgomery County’s first-ever birthday party for a bridge.

Our Chairwomen

Charlotte Coffield is a lifelong Lyttonsville resident. Charlotte’s many community activities included 2 three-year terms on the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board representing Lyttonsville and Rosemary Hills,  Long-term Care Committee that inspected County nursing home facilities, and the County Head Start Project working with disadvantaged children.  During her 43 years of Federal service with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare/Department of Education, Charlotte served in a variety of positions from Secretary to a high-ranking deaf official to Acting Chief of the Deafness and Communicative Disorders Branch where she became a nationally recognized expert on interpreter training programs.   As the first and only sign language interpreter in the DHEW, she laid the groundwork for hiring future interpreters and for captioned films.    Charlotte received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Gallaudet University in 1995 for her outstanding contribution to the deaf community.   In 2012, she was inducted into the Montgomery County Civil Rights Hall of Fame. She is currently president of the Lyttonsville Community Civic Association.

Patricia Tyson also is a lifelong Lyttonsville resident. Her father, Lawrence Tyson, was an early Montgomery County civil rights advocate who was part of an organization formed in 1948 by local African American clergy and community leaders to lobby county government for better schools, paved streets, water and sewer infrastructure, and the removal of Jim Crow signs in county buildings. Pat has a longtime commitment to history education. She is a co-founder of FREED (Female Re-Enactors of Distinction), an ensemble affiliated with the African American Civil War Museum that brings to life the experiences of African American women during the war.

Our Planning Committee

The Talbot Avenue Bridge Centennial Committee are Merrie Blocker, Alan Bowser, George French, Laura Hussey, Anne Kennedy, David Rotenstein, Eva Santorini, Elmoria Stewart, Marcie Stickle, Joel Teitelbaum, and Anna White.

Our Emcee

Rev. Ella Redfield is a former Lyttonsville resident and she is the founding pastor of the New Creation Baptist Church. Read a more detailed biography in this profile.

Our Speakers

Loretta Argrett is a retired U.S. Justice Department attorney who has lived in the Rosemary Hills neighborhood since the mid-1960s. Her late former husband, an architect, worked with Lyttonsville residents during urban renewal. Loretta has taught law and she has been profiled in two books, Stories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers (2018) and Phenomenal Black women over 50 (2009). The title of her talk is “Shared Values.”

David Cox will be speaking on behalf of the North Woodside neighborhood and he is the president of the North Woodside-Montgomery Hills Citizens Association. The title of his talk is “Connection, Cooperation and Harmony.”

David Olawuyi Fakunle, Ph.D. will be performing a libation ceremony to honor the ancestors. He is a member of the Washington Revels’ Jubilee Voices and he is an accomplished African storyteller and drummer. He is a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers and the Griots’ Circle of Maryland and he is a founder of  DiscoverME/RecoverME, an organization that utilizes the African oral tradition to encourage the claiming of one’s narrative for personal and organizational growth.

Isiah Leggett is the Montgomery County Executive and he will be presenting a proclamation declaring September 22, 2018, Talbot Avenue Bridge Day.

Robin Redfield is a former Lyttonsville resident who will be speaking about community and the bridge.

Raymond Tyson is a former Lyttonsville resident who will be speaking about the community and the bridge.

Our Musical Artists

Jay Elvove is a retired University of Maryland IT professional. He has lived in Silver Spring since 1975. Jay is President of the North Hills of Sligo Creek Civic Association, a member of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, Chair of the Board of Directors of Docs in Progress. A longtime acoustic guitar player and songwriter, in 2017 he composed an instrumental tune inspired by the Talbot Avenue Bridge that he called, Talbot Avenue Bridge.

Lea is a Baltimore native and former Silver Spring resident who is now based in Alexandria, Virginia. The folk singer-songwriter comes from a musical family:  a funk band trumpeter father, an opera singer mother, and siblings who performed with the Jones Family Gospel Singers. Lea draws from a rich wellspring of sacred and secular  music, with an emphasis on African American traditions. “Whatever sounds good and feels good, that’s what I will incorporate into my writing,” she said in a recent interview. Lea performs throughout the mid-Atlantic.

The Washington Revels’ Jubilee Voices ensemble is committed to the preservation of African-American history and traditions–presenting songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs, as expressed through a cappella music, drama and dance. Inaugurated in 2010, the group now performs regularly at heritage sites throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, singing, sharing, and learning the stories of the people in those communities. Read more about the Washington Revels’ Jubilee Voices in our profile of the group.

Our Volunteers

We would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped with logistics close to the event date as well as all of the people who have signed up to help during the celebration.

For more information about the Talbot Avenue Bridge Centennial, email us at talbotavenuebridge100@gmail.com.

To volunteer for the day of the event to help with setup, takedown, and other arrangements, please email our volunteer coordinator at  volunteerTAB100@gmail.com.