READING OF THE NAMES
On November 1, 1864, in the lingering months for the American Civil War, the legislature changed the Maryland state constitution to abolish slavery. As a result of the general emancipation which followed, a special census of enslaved people was taken; recording the names of both the formerly enslaved and those who had previously owned them.
On Saturday we will read the names of individuals and families from Montgomery County who were released from bondage. To commemorate this important event, we are seeking volunteers who will join us and help read the names. We anticipate the reading of the names will take up to 90 minutes to complete.
LIFT EVERY VOICE!
Readers, aged 12 to adult, are invited to participate. Individuals, families and groups my sign up to read names, solo or together. On average each reader will read for 5 minutes.
Descendants of those—both enslaved and enslavers—on the list from Montgomery County, will be given the opportunity to read the names of their specific family members. If you are from an old Montgomery County family, let us know and we will check the list. If you find the name of an ancestor, we will let you read it at the event.
To sign up to read or to get more information, contact: Joy Turner at 301 832-8034. Student Service Learning Hours will be given to all participating students.