Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation

About the Commission

The Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation 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 composed 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 racial terror lynchings have been documented. The three lynching victims in Montgomery County were Mr. George Peck (1880), Mr. Sidney Randolph (1896), and Mr. John Diggs-Dorsey (1880). 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 is composed of 19 members. Out of 19 members, 10 are appointed from the public and have voting rights while 9 non-voting members represent the following agencies of Rockville City and Montgomery County government and community partners: Montgomery County Human Rights Commission; Rockville Human Rights Commission; Lincoln Park Historical Foundation; Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission; Maryland Lynching Memorial Project; Arts and Humanities Council 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.

Current Events

Memorial Marker Dedication Ceremony

Marker dediction ceremony attendees

Remembrance and Reconciliation Month activities

Remembrance and Reconciliation Month events Flyer

Press Release

Memorial Marker Dedication Ceremony

From darkness to light

News media snaps for the Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission Historical Marker Presentations 

WUSA News - Commission honors lynching victims in Rockville, Maryland

Montgomery Honors Lynching Victims

MC Media News - Poolesville Lynching

DC News - Montgomery County to honor victims of lynching

Ceremony video

Commission Administration

James Stowe: [email protected] 240-777-8490 / (cell) 240-888-5502

Anis Ahmed: [email protected] 240-777-8454 / (cell) 240-888-4753

Commission Meeting Dates and Times

The Commission meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public and time and dates of each meeting are published on the Office of Human Rights Calendar and on the County Master Calendar


Voting Members

Jason Green, Chair

Aisha Satterwhite, Vice Chair

Jacqueline Matise Peng, Secretary

Stephanie Joseph

Robert McGarrah

Jeanne Toungara

Rev. Timothy Tutt

Treava Hopkins Laboy

Past Members

Sheila Bashiri

Rev. Alexa Fraser

Bishop Paul Walker, Sr.

Oyebisi Olatoye, Rockville HRC

Gboyinde Onijala, Montgomery County Public Schools

Jeanette Rojas, Montgomery College

Non-Voting Members

Anthony Cohen, Maryland Lynching Memorial Project

Okianer Christan Dark, Human Rights Commission

Florence Jewell, Rockville Human Rights Commission

Suzan Jenkins, Arts and Humanities Council

Matt Logan, Montgomery History

Sherlene Lucas, Lincoln Park Historical Foundation

Tracy Oliver-Gary, Montgomery County Public Schools

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, vacant

Kimberly Jones, Montgomery College

Meeting Agendas

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Meeting Minutes

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