Leggett Announces the Relocation of Confederate Soldier Statue
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett recently announced that the county is relocating the Confederate soldier statue from county property next to Rockville’s Red Brick Courthouse. The statue will be moved to a private location overlooking the Potomac River at White’s Ferry "near the river crossings actually used by Confederate forces during the War Between the States," Leggett said.

The county recently transferred ownership of the statue, which was originally given to the county by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1913, to White’s Ferry, Inc.

Confederate statues and other symbols have come under increased scrutiny since the 2015 massacre of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

In his statement announcing the relocation of the Confederate statue in Montgomery County, Leggett said, “Montgomery County residents fought on both sides of the tragic conflict that so divided our nation more than 150 years ago. I agree with President Obama, who said that understanding the history of the Confederacy and the history of the Civil War is something that every American should be part of. “However, this statue is inaccurate because it pays tribute only to the Montgomery County young men who fought for the Confederacy, not also to those County residents who fought to preserve the Union and free those held in bondage.

“Therefore the statue does not represent a balanced view of our County’s sacrifice during the Civil War.  I believe it should not be located on County property. Because it has significance locally, I want it to remain in Montgomery County – but not on County-owned land. I wanted it to be accessible to those who want to visit it.

“Like most Americans, I do not believe in ‘erasing’ past history to conform to what might be presently prevailing politics. As President George W. Bush said at the dedication ceremony for the National Museum of African American History & Culture, ‘A great nation does not hide its history. It faces its flaws and corrects them.’ I believe that this relocation is consistent with those sentiments.”
Councilmember Nancy Navarro

Montgomery County reassures immigrants Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the County Council issued a joint statement reaffirming the county’s policy of not enforcing federal immigration law, nor inquiring about a person’s immigration status when individuals are stopped, nor target individuals based on their ethnicity, race, or religious beliefs.

Latina councilmember is outraged over Trump's immigration order
Calling it "punitive action," Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro expressed outrage over President Trump's decision to "single-handedly obliterate protections for many of our residents who are working hard for a better life in our County and in counties and cities across America." She added: “ is an affront to our way of life in Montgomery County. His rhetoric has become reality, and we have to stand up for all of our residents.”

Race in America: Past & Present
Part 1: America's 20th Century slavery: The horrifying, little-known story of how hundreds of thousands of blacks worked in brutal bondage right up until World War II.    

Part 2: Emmett and Trayvon: How racial prejudice has changed

Part 3: A House divided: Why do middle-class blacks have far less wealth than whites at the same income level?

Part 8: The new white Negro: Is family breakdown now biracial?

Where are they now?
Herman Taylor Jr., one of Montgomery County's first African Americans elected to the state legislature, serves on the Maryland Black Caucus Foundation board. He also heads a Minority Business Council.
Doug Duncan, former Montgomery County executive, is now president/CEO of the Greater Washington Leadership Conference.

Public Pursuits: Who's Who
U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)
Cong. Jamie Raskin (D-8th Dist.)
Cong. Anthony Brown (D-4th Dist)
Brian Frosh, Maryland Attorney General
Jheanelle Wilkins, Md. State Delegate, Dist. 20
Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive
Obie Patterson, Pr. George's County Council
Andrea Harrison, Prince George's County Council
Julian Norment, African American Liaison, Montgomery County