Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission
The Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission was formed on January 29, 2019, with resolution by Councilmembers Hans Riemer, Will Jawando and Craig Rice. The commission was established to support the goal of bringing the county together to promote a better understanding of our history. The Commission is comprised of community leaders, who will work with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and other stakeholders to help the County claim and install the County's monument commemorating the three locations in the County where lynching have been documented. In addition the Commission will create and install historical markers for each of the three locations, collect and display soil from each of the three locations and design programs to advance the dialogue that the monument, historical markers, and soil collections should foster.
The Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation is composed of 19 members. Out of 19 members 10 are appointed from public and have voting rights while 9 non-voting members represent the following agencies of Rockville City and Montgomery County government; Montgomery County Human Rights Commission; Rockville Human Rights Commission; Lincoln Park Historical Foundation; Maryland: National Capital Park & Planning Commission; Maryland Lynching Memorial Project; Arts & Humanities Commission of Montgomery County; Montgomery College; Montgomery County Public Schools; and Montgomery County Historical Society. Every voting and non-voting member is appointed by the County Executive with recommendation from Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and confirmation by the County Council.
The Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public and time and dates of each meeting is published on the official county calendar found on the county website. Meeting information and announcements relating to the Commission can and also on the Office of Human Rights Calendar found on the agency website.
WHO WE ARE
Jason Green, Chair
Sheila Bashiri, Vice Chair
Jacqueline Peng, Secretary
Rev. Timothy Tutt
Bishop Paul Walker Sr.
Okianer Christian Dark
THURSDAY | JUNE 24, 2021 | 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
Property and Its Discontents
The Enduring Legacy of Racism in Homeownership
SAVE THE DATE | SEPTEMBER 25 & 26, 2021 | REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND
Mr. John Diggs-Dorsey was dragged from the county jail and lynched in 1880. Mr. Sidney Randolph, a native of Georgia in his mid-twenties, was lynched in 1896. We believe that by reckoning with the truth of the racial violence that has shaped our communities, we can advance healing and reconciliation. The Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project (MoCoLMP) and the Montgomery County Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation (MCCRR) will organize events to advance this cause.
On Saturday, there will be a mini-conference co-sponsored by Montgomery History, where three Montgomery County historians will provide the account of the lynchings of Mr. John Diggs-Dorsey and Mr. Sidney Randolph, put those acts in the economic, social, and political context of Montgomery County at that time, and explore the ways in which elements of these murders were replicated in other parts of Maryland and the United States.
On Sunday, a pilgrimage walk will begin at the site of the old county jail (now the County Council Building) where both men were held, traverse portions of the routes taken by the lynch mobs and conclude at Welsh Park for the Soil Collection Ceremony. The ceremony will recognize the traumatic era of lynching, including the collection of soil from near the lynching sites, music, reflections from community leaders and readings by the winners of a racial justice essay contest for high school students. It will conclude with a reception for community fellowship.
For more information about these events please follow the the Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project