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Silver Spring Library to be Formally Named for Late Tuskegee Airman Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee on Saturday, June 18

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 17, 2022

Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m.

Brigadier General Charles E. McGee Library (Silver Spring)

 900 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring


Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, County Council President Gabe Albornoz, and County Councilmember Will Jawando will join members of the family of late Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, in a formal ceremony to rename the Silver Spring branch of Montgomery County Public Libraries as the “Brigadier General Charles E. McGee Library.”


The renaming of the branch follows an executive order signed by County Executive Elrich on Feb. 28 to honor the achievements and life of Brig. Gen. McGee, a County resident who passed away at age 102 on Jan. 16. He 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. He later flew combat missions in the Korean and Vietnam wars.


Brig. Gen. McGee fought against racism and for equality throughout his life and paved the way for many African American service members. Brig. Gen. McGee prioritized learning, engaging with young people, and served as a role model locally and nationally.


The event will include musical performances and other entertainment, as well as an exhibit of artifacts and photos from Brig. Gen. McGee’s collection.


EVENT: Renaming of Silver Spring Library for Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee


DATE: Saturday, June 18. 10 a.m.


ADDRESS: 900 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring


WHO:

  • Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich
  • Montgomery County Council President Gabe Albornoz
  • Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando
  • Charles McGee family member Charlene McGee-Smith
  • Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs Vice Chair Bob Koffman
  • Tuskegee Airmen Representative Gabriel Christian
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Representative Kevin K. Johnson
  • Distinguished Flying Cross Society Secretary Lewis Watt


PARKING: Available across the street in the public parking garage at 921 Wayne Ave.


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Release ID: 22-055
Media Contact: Barry Hudson 240-300-7348