The Mayor


The unofficial "Mayor" of Silver Spring was a homeless man who collected hand-outs of money and food.  Norman Lane walked the streets of Silver Spring for almost 25 years, doing odd jobs around the neighborhoods and handing out flowers to women on the street picked out of the Bell Flowers dumpster.  Norman Lane was a mainstay in the community, and his enjoyment of life has been immortalized in a bronze bust created by artist and friend, Fred Folsom.  The plaque beneath Norman Lane's likeness reads, "Remembering the Caring Kindhearted Forbearance of the People of Silver Spring."  This is a tribute, not only to this local legend, but to the citizens of Silver Spring like Robert Phillips, owner of the Silver Spring Auto Body Shop, who kept a cot and a hot plate in the garage as a permanent home for Lane.


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Silver Spring, MD 20910


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