Our country’s racial history is often tied to the South, from the struggle of enslaved people during thenation’s beginnings to the Civil Rights movements of the 20th century. But our region has its own prominent place in that history as well. Last Fall LGW embarked on a series of local civil rights learning journeys to Maryland’s Eastern Shore; Richmond, VA; and Washington, DC, that explored a past – and present – intrinsically tied to systemic racism and injustice. And on June 14,we’re continuing that journey in Montgomery County.
In visits to the Josiah Henson Museum & Park, a former plantation property where prominent abolitionist Reverend Josiah Henson was once enslaved; Sandy Spring Slave Museum, an African art gallery that highlights the heritage of African American families in Montgomery County; Glen Echo Park, a former amusement area that was home to prominent Civil Rights actions in the 1960s; and the Jerusalem-Mt Pleasant United Methodist Church, we seek to chart the more hidden history of the County from its early beginnings to more modern times through the lens of racial injustice and white supremacy.
Participants in the journey will have the opportunity to attend panels and hear from local speakers, including Tony Cohen, founder of the Menare Foundation and the MoCo Lynching Memorial Project, who helped Oprah Winfrey prepare for her role in Beloved and earned fame by twice walking the Underground Railroad using the North Star as his guide.