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Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and Maryland Truth and Reconciliation Lynching Commission Announce New Partnership

Jun 30 2021

Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and Maryland Truth and Reconciliation Lynching Commission Announce New Partnership

 MCAAHC and MLTRC Commissioners and others gathered for the Juneteenth Program at the Banneker-Douglass Museum

MCAAHC and MLTRC Commissioners and others gathered for the Juneteenth Program at the Banneker-Douglass Museum.

We’re sharing this important announcement from our partner organization, the Banneker-Douglass Museum.

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission (MLTRC) hosted a press conference to on the eve of Juneteenth to announce a partnership in which both commissions will work together to promote equity, healing, and justice in Maryland. More than 75 people attended the press conference held in the lobby of Banneker-Douglass Museum in downtown historic Annapolis which was followed by a special Juneteenth program including a musical performance, libation, and poetry reading. View the press conference.

The MLTRC was established by House Bill 307. The Commission is authorized to research cases of racially motivated lynchings and hold public meetings and regional hearings where a lynching of an African American by a white mob has been documented. The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture is committed to discovering, documenting, preserving, collecting, and promoting Maryland’s African American heritage. Through shared values and common goals, these two commissions unified their efforts for the purpose of ending systemic racism, promoting racial healing, and community wellness.

The joint statement can be viewed on the MCAAHC, BDM, and MLTRC websites.

Read Governor Larry Hogan’s Juneteenth proclamation.