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Silver Spring Library To Be Renamed After Tuskegee Airman Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 25, 2022

Monday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m.

Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave. Silver Spring

On Monday, Feb. 28, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will be joined by Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando, Montgomery County Public Libraries Director Anita Vassallo, Montgomery County Department of General Services Director David Dise, the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs, family members of Brig. Gen. Charles E.  McGee, and others in a ceremony to sign a bill that will enable the County to rename the Silver Spring Library to the “Brigadier General Charles E. McGee Library.”

Brig. Gen. McGee, who passed away early this year at the age of 102, served as a fighter pilot and member of the 332nd Fighter Squadron, famously known as the “Tuskegee Airmen,” an all-Black unit in World War II, followed by combat missions in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He fought against racism and for equality his entire career and paved the way for many African American service members. A Montgomery County resident for many years, Brig. Gen. McGee prioritized learning and engaging with young people and served as a role model to Montgomery County residents and Americans. Brig. Gen. McGee passed away peacefully at his home in Bethesda on Jan. 16.

Parking is available, across the street, in the public parking lot at 921 Wayne Ave.

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