111 W. Montgomery Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Confederate Soldier Statue
Montgomery History is working cooperatively with the County Executive’s office, the County Council, the City of Rockville, its partners in the history community, its members, and numerous other stakeholders to understand and address their concerns regarding the presence of the 1913 Confederate Soldier Statue next to Rockville’s Red Brick Courthouse. The controversy has ignited passions on all sides and put Montgomery County in the spotlight in the national debate about Confederate symbols.
Montgomery History’s Executive Director, Matthew Logan, outlines the organization’s position in his remarks to the Rockville City Council on July 20, 2015. Read more!
On August 27, the staff of the Parks Department prepared a memo in advance of the Planning Commission’s September 3 meeting. In it, they recommend that only the farm or the Beall-Dawson site be considered. Staff deems none of the County Park sites as appropriate.
As of September 1, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and the County Council are reviewing options for the relocation of the Confederate soldier statue and are asking residents to weigh in on the options identified by September 9. Among the five sites being considered, three are managed by the County Department of Parks, one is a privately-owned farm, and the final site is our home here at the Beall-Dawson House (owned by the City of Rockville).
September 3– In a letter to County Executive Leggett, Matthew Logan recommends relocating the statue to the Beall-Dawson Park, home to the Montgomery County Historical Society in Rockville so it can be actively used to teach visitors and residents alike. We are calling on your support to help preserve this local symbol. Letter to Executive Leggett
September 10– City of Rockville’s Historic District Commission Report
The City of Rockville’s Historic District Commission met September 17 and voted 4-0 to relocate the statue.
December 17– At its meeting on December 17, the City of Rockville’s Historic District Commission voted 3-1 (with one abstention) in support of moving the Confederate soldier statue from its current location next to the Red Brick Courthouse in downtown Rockville to a site in the Beall-Dawson House Park. The Beall-Dawson property has been the home of Montgomery History for the past 50 years, though it is owned by the City of Rockville. To read more, please visit.
The following links provide coverage of the story as it has unfolded. And please be sure to visit our Facebook page and share your thoughts!
Montgomery County Story August 1993
WJLA July 10, 2015
Bethesda Magazine July 14, 2015
Bethesda Magazine July 21, 2015
Rockville Patch July 21, 2015
Baltimore Sun August 4, 2015
ABC2News August 4, 2015
LeMonde.fr August 25, 2015
Washington Post September 14, 2015
Bethesda Magazine September 17, 2015
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