July 2019

Beyond the Courthouse Lawn: A History of Racial Violence on the Border

In April 2018, Governor Larry Hogan signed HB 307 into law, creating the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This legislation authorizes the Commission to hold public hearings around the state to investigate the over 40 racial terror lynchings that occurred in Maryland. This presentation will delve into the history of racial terror lynchings and place them within the context of a broader range of racial violence within the state. In discussing this history, attendees will grapple with questions of how this story should be told, what does reconciliation look like, and how can planners play a role in this process.
Date Time Location CM
Monday, July 22 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon County Administration Building
4th Floor Boardroom
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Speaker(s) / Instructor(s) Biography 

Dennis A. Doster, Ph.D. Director, Black History Program, M-NCPPC

Dennis A. Doster, Ph.D. is the director of the M-NCPPC Black History Program. Dr. Doster has close to 15 years of experience in the field of Public History. He has worked for the National Archives, the Johns Hopkins University, and the Alexandria Black History Museum. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in African American Studies, History, and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, University College.