Wheaton Exhibit Explores History of Montgomery County Lynchings

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An exhibit that examines the two lynchings that took place in Montgomery County in the late 1800s is on display at the Wheaton Library through Feb. 28.

The exhibit, titled, “It Happened in Rockville: Remembering Two Lynchings” was created by the Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project in collaboration with Peerless Rockville and Montgomery History. It memorializes and honors two men who were lynched in Rockville—John Diggs-Dorsey in 1880 and Sidney Randolph in 1896. It also honors George Peck, who was lynched in Poolesville in 1880.

The history of the lynchings is an important aspect of the exhibit, as well as to promote reconciliation and healing.

Working closely with the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., and the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, the exhibit is part of a larger effort to advance the cause of reconciliation in Maryland and advocates for public acknowledgement of the three murders.

Wheaton Library is located at 11701 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. Currently, the hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Here’s a look at a ceremony hosted by the Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project from September 2021.


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