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For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 21, 2021

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Montgomery County Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission is calling for this November to be a month of Remembrance and Reconciliation in the County. Engaging in this time of reflection will help County residents grow their understanding of the full history of Montgomery County and how we can move forward from it.

The Commission was established in 2019 to help bring the County together to promote a better understanding of our history. This includes recognition of three men who were the victims of racial terror lynchings in Montgomery County in the late 1800s: Mr. John Diggs-Dorsey, Mr. Sidney Randolph, and Mr. George Peck.

Throughout the month of November, the Commission will partner with organizations, like the Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project, to host events for the community. Scheduled events will include a public arts demonstration, a museum exhibit, a high school student essay contest, a virtual address by Congressman Jamie Raskin and documentary film screening. More information on those events is available here.

Residents are invited to participate in the events the Commission and its partners are planning for November. The Commission is also encouraging Montgomery County agencies and residents to participate in Remembrance and Reconciliation month by hosting their own events, activities, conversations, and discussions to continue to move us forward as a community. If you or your organization are interested in having the Commission display information on your free, open to the public, event, then please fill out the form here.  

The Commission acknowledges the path to reconciliation is long and winding, but we are on it and must remain on it every day. That takes intention, purpose, and action. Therefore, citizens of Montgomery County are asked to pause during the month of November, as we gather as families and communities to break bread and express gratitude, to remember the past and dedicate ourselves anew to the work of justice and reconciliation through action. 

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Release ID: 21-858
Media Contact: Monika Hammer 240-463-2442