Jawando Wants Silver Spring Library Renamed After Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee 

In Feb. 2020, Councilmembers Will Jawando (right) and Craig Rice presented Brig. Gen. Charles McGee (left) with a proclamation in his honor.

Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando wants the Silver Spring Library to be renamed after the late Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, who served in the all-Black Tuskegee Airmen during World War II and who passed away in his Bethesda home in January at age 102. 

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first Black pilots in the U.S. Armed Forces. McGee, one of the last surviving airmen, flew 409 combat missions during WW2 and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

“It would be fitting that one of our largest county libraries – a place where we learn about history and also seek to better ourselves – be named after a man of such great honor,” Jawando wrote in a letter to County Executive Marc Elrich on Thursday.

Jawando is the council’s Lead for Libraries. He requests the public library be renamed the Brigadier General Charles McGee Library at Silver Spring.

During a media briefing Thursday, Elrich said he will support Jawando. 

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