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Soil Collection Ceremony and Reception: George Peck Lynching

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Poolesville Presbyterian Church

17800 Elgin Rd.

Poolesville, MD 20837

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Soil Collection Ceremony and Reception: George Peck Lynching. Hosted by the Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project and partners.

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Remembrance and Reconciliation Project

The Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project and coalition partners* invite you to participate in

A Soil Collection Ceremony and Reception

George Peck Lynching

Sunday, November 3 from 3:00-5:00 PM

A soil collection ceremony will be held (rain or shine) in the field across the street from the Poolesville Presbyterian Church at 17800 Elgin Road, Poolesville, Maryland. A reception inside the church will immediately follow the ceremony.

Between 1877 and 1950 more than 4,000 black Americans were lynched in the United States. The lynching of African Americans during this era was a form of racial terrorism intended to intimidate and to enforce racial hierarchy and segregation. Twenty-nine documented lynchings took place in Maryland, and at least 3 were in Montgomery County. One of those occurred in January 1880, when George Peck, age 22, was lynched in Poolesville, after being accused and arrested for attempted assault of a white child. The case was never brought to trial.

The Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project, a grassroots coalition, and our partners seek to create greater awareness and understanding about racial terror lynchings and to begin a necessary conversation that advances truth and reconciliation. This is part of a national effort, initiated by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery AL. For our first event, we are working with members of the Poolesville community to commemorate and recognize the traumatic era of lynching, by collecting soil from the Peck lynching site. We believe that by reckoning with the truth of the racial violence that has shaped our communities, we can advance healing and reconciliation across Montgomery County.

We invite you to participate in this project and attend the Soil Collection Ceremony taking place on November 3. The program will include a collection of soil from the lynching site, some of which will be sent to the EJI as part of their national project; words from community leaders on remembrance and reconciliation; music; and a reception and community fellowship.

If you have further questions please email MOCOlynchingmemorial@gmail.com or visit these web sites to learn more about efforts across Maryland and nationwide:

Maryland Lynching Memorial Project https://mdlynchingmemorialproject.squarespace.com/

Equal Justice Initiative Remembrance and Reconciliation Project https://eji.org/community-remembrance-project

*Coalition Partners (as of Sept. 18): Coming to the Table Montgomery County (comingtothetable.org); Connecting the Dots: Anne Arundel County; Hans Riemer, Montgomery County Councilmember; Historic Medley District (historicmedley.org); Montgomery History (MontgomeryHistory.org)

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