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?
In this exclusive video, we invite you to understand history that is often not told – the story of a lynching in one of our Prince George’s County communities. Watch this presentation shared at a local library.
It also explains the necessity to tell this buried story from our past while learning about the PGCLMP and how you can get involved in their work around truth, reconciliation, and healing.
You are invited to the special webinar sponsored by Prince George’s County Lynching Memorial Project and the Prince George’s County NAACP.
This webinar focuses on the continued struggle of African Americans and their organizations to fight modern day lynching and examines historical lessons from the past.
Thursday, January 20, 2022, 7pm – 9pm
Please download the flyer for more details.
Thursday, August 26, 12:00 pm – In partnership with the Prince George’s Lynching Memorial Project’s Community Remembrance Committee, this program supports the outreach efforts to honor Thomas Juricks, a victim of a lynching in Piscataway, Maryland. Omar Eaton Martinez of Parks & Planning and Shemika Berry of the Accokeek Foundation will be part of the panel for this webinar event.
The event will highlight the following:
1) Importance of oral history and remembering the trauma of racial terror despite efforts (historical and current)to erase that history.
2) Intersectionality of the African American and Native American experiences in Prince George’s County.
3) Contemporary ways that people are remembering and honoring the victims of racial terror today (such as through Community Remembrance Projects)
Note: The date was incorrect on any earlier version of the flyer.
Register for free at https://sharedstruggle.eventbrite.com
CW: Brief description of a historical lynching
The 1869 lynching of Thomas Juricks became more tangible for members of the PG County Lynching Memorial Project during a January tour of four Piscataway sites connected to this horrific chapter of the county’s history.
A mob wearing handkerchiefs with eyeholes cut out lynched Juricks, who was awaiting trial after being accused on flimsy evidence of raping a white woman. He worked on a farm in Piscataway and lived nearby with his family.
During the tour led by PGCLMP member Blair Bowie, we learned more about what is believed to be the county’s first lynching, identified possible locations for a soil collection community remembrance project, considered ways to involve the local communities (Clinton and Fort Washington) and discussed areas for further research.
The tour included:
- Old Piscataway Town, the closest town to Juricks’ home (Clinton)
- Likely site of Thomas Juricks’ home, site roughly marked in 1878 (Fort Washington)
- Hatton’s Hill, location of a Black schoolhouse and area where Juricks is reported to be buried (Fort Washington)
- Chapel Hill, a thriving post Civil War African American farming community that established a Freedman’s Bureau school and meeting house. (Fort Washington)
Members of the PGCLMP were joined by representatives of The Accokeek Foundation and other interested county residents.
Photos by Karen Scrivo and Aaron Tinch
The Kojo Nnamdi show on December 1 featured local filmmaker Jay Mallin’s documentary about the three known lynchings in Montgomery Count, MD. The conversation offers an insight for the work of the Prince George’s County Lynching Memorial and how telling and naming our history in our county and country can help us move forward.