Silver Spring Library Renamed to Honor Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee

On the last day of Black History Month, Montgomery County officials gathered to rename the Silver Spring Library after the late Brigadier General Charles McGee

McGee was a Montgomery County resident who served with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. He passed away in his Bethesda home in January at age 102 and will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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 WWII and the Korean and Vietnam wars. 

Councilmember Will Jawando made the request for the library name change earlier this month and County Executive Marc Elrich publicly stated his support.

On Monday, Elrich was joined by Jawando, McGee’s family members and others at the library to sign an executive order to rename the facility. A dedication ceremony for the Brigadier General Charles E. McGee Library will be held later this year, according to the county.

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