Community Q & A

April 03, 2005

THE QUESTION

Who was Columbia's first baby?

THE ANSWER

On Sept. 13, 1967, Barbara Russell gave birth to Charles Russell III. A biracial baby (Barbara is white and her then-husband, Charles, is black), the infant was a symbol of Columbia founder James W. Rouse's vision of a community where people of different races and backgrounds would live. Barbara still lives in the community and is vice chair of the Columbia Council.

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