Thank you to everyone who made our Soil Collection a huge success.
We are still celebrating the packed house (200 seats); the talented chorus, soloist, dancer, and poet from local high schools; evocative adult poet and soloist; our moving speakers; the support of the staffs of Prince George’s County Parks’ Black History Program and Harmony Hall; and the reverent participation by so many in the soil collection ceremony to honor Mr. Juricks, led by Chapel Hill residents and students who built the Memorial Carts and dug up the soil in nearby Chapel Hill. Mr. Thomas Juricks will never again be forgotten!
We wanted to share with everyone links to the digital version of the beautiful and history-packed Printed Program for the event and to our media coverage:
This moving program will tell the story of Mr. Thomas Juricks, a Black laborer and farmhand who lived with his family in the Piscataway area near Fort Washington and was extrajudicially murdered by a masked mob of White men on October 12, 1869. The historical aspects of his life and tragic lynching will be paired with a long overdue send-off for Mr. Juricks that will acknowledge and honor him through a libation ceremony, soil collection, music, poetry and dance. Students of several local schools will be performing. Opportunities will be provided to the entire community to reflect and acknowledge that his life mattered and understand how this violent history reverberates into present-day issues such as white supremacy, mass incarceration and educational disparities between races.
“It has been our honor to collaborate with the Chapel Hill community of Fort Washington in researching the history of the lynching that took place there and in presenting what we hope will meaningfully honor the life taken and commit us all to the cause of racial justice in Prince George’s County,” stated the PGC LMP Co-Chairs Crystal Carpenter, Rev. Diane Teichert, and Krystina Tucker.
PGC LMP is a registered non-profit, all-volunteer organization affiliated with Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project (MDLMP). Its mission is to educate the public on the truths of our nation’s continuing legacy of the institution of slavery and its impact on enslaved persons and their descendants, memorialize victims of racial terror lynchings in our county, and advance the cause of racial justice and reconciliation through mutual support and collaboration.
“PGCLMP Book Discussion: Don’t Let Them Bury My Story: The Oldest Living Survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre In Her Own Words“
Join the Prince George’s County Lynching Memorial Project (PGCLMP) for a discussion on Don’t Let Them Bury My Story: The Oldest Living Survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre In Her Own Words by Viola Ford Fletcher and Ike Howard. Viola Ford Fletcher, the oldest survivor and last living witness of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, shares the journey and lasting impact of the Tulsa Massacre on her life.
In addition to the book chat, educator and author, Karen Gross, will join us for a special discussion on trauma.
The book is available in many media, at local libraries, independent, online and in person bookstores. If you plan to buy it, consider Black-owned/progressive independent bookstores in the area (e.g., Loyalty Books, Mahogany Books, My Dead Aunt’s Books, Politics and Prose, Sankofa, and Solid State).
The Prince George’s County Lynching Memorial Project is honored and excited to congratulate the winners of our 2023 Racial Justice Essay and Creative Arts contest. Each of our nine award winners is a Prince George’s County high school public, private, or homeschooled student.
The students were celebrated at an awards program attended by their families, friends, teachers, and community members held at the Greenbelt Community Center on June 17, 2023. Students presented their essays, creative writing, and artwork to audience applause. We thank the Greenbelt Black History & Culture Committee, Greenbelt Recreation Department, and the City of Greenbelt for sponsoring our awards ceremony and Greenbelt Access Television for recording the ceremony.
Student winners received certificates and scholarship money for their future educational pursuits. In addition, winners were invited to attend the Hurston/Wright Foundation Summer Writer’s Workshop at Howard University. We are grateful for the donations from community individuals and organizations that made the scholarships possible. We commend all students who entered their justice reflections in our contest.
Did you miss our community remembrance ceremony for Thomas Juricks? Did you attend and want to relive the reverent, special time? Are you looking to see how a similar event for your own community might be structured?
We thank our partners at the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project (and its founder and director Will Schwartz) for capturing the ceremony in full. Watch below.
On March 11, 2023, members of the Prince George’s County Lynching Memorial Project, the Chapel Hill Citizen Association, and youth volunteers and their mentors from Union Bethel Church gathered at the lot adjoining Grace United Methodist Church in Fort Washington to collect soil in remembrance of the life and tragic death of Thomas Juricks, at the approximate site of his death. On October 12, 1869, Juricks became the victim of a racial terror lynching in Piscataway; he is the earliest known victim in Prince George’s County.
On April 15, 2023, over 200 county residents, PGCLMP volunteers, political leaders, and others gathered at Harmony Hall Regional Center to tell the truth of this historic tragedy, memorialize Mr. Juricks and give him the home-going he has always deserved, and dream together of how we can advance toward a future where the lingering affects of racial terror lynchings give way to true progress and equality for all.
Please enjoy this video compilation of some images from this meaningful event, created by PGCLMP member and co-secretary Katie Pugliese.
The Prince George’s County Lynching Memorial Project is holding a two-part discussion of the book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein on Tuesday, February 7 and Tuesday, February 21, from 7:00-8:30 pm.
Come join us for an invigorating discussion with special guests joining to provide commentary and perspectives on how lessons from this book are evident in Prince George’s County.
We’ve posted a new video on our Videos & Resources page to talk about the why – why we look back at history to explain and understand what is happening now. Why the story of Thomas Juricks? What can we learn from history? What can we gain by addressing these horrific events in the present?
The Prince George’s County division of M-NCPPC is hosting its annual “Echoes of the Enslaved” event September 16 and 17, 2022. This year’s event will focus on the lasting legacies of chattel slavery in Prince George’s County with Riversdale House Museum highlighting their work with descendants of those who were enslaved.
On September 16, three descendants will participate in a panel discussion at 6 p.m., followed by an opportunity for attendees to break into small discussion groups to talk about the legacies of slavery and their impact on the modern world. The second portion begins at 8 p.m. This event is free but registration is limited to 50 people. Click this link to register, and see the accompanying flyer for more information.
On September 17 from noon – 4 p.m., there will be a celebration of resilience, health and wellness on the grounds of Riversdale House Museum. The festival-like event will include musical performances, cooking demonstrations, history talks, an archaeological dig, genealogy opportunities, family wellness activities and more. This event is FREE, with no pre-registration required.