Responsible Legacy Task Force
The Prince George’s County Responsible Legacy Task Force, established by Council Resolution-81-2019, is charged with reviewing all County monuments, parks, street names, County buildings and other places of honor, and creating a process to determine the future of names linked to a prejudiced past. The Prince George’s County Responsible Legacy Task Force is working to ensure that the County’s legacy is one of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Prince George’s County Responsible Legacy Task Force is composed of the following members:
- One (1) member appointed by the County Council to serve as Chair
- One (1) member appointed by the County Executive to serve as Vice Chair
- A representative from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
- A representative from the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
- A representative from the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation
- A representative from the Maryland Municipal League
- A representative from the History Department of the University of Maryland College Park or Bowie State University, with expertise in Prince George’s County history; and
- A representative from the general public.
Per CR-81-2019, the Prince George's County Responsible Legacy Task Force submitted its Interim Report on December 30, 2020.
The final report will be prepared on or before June 30, 2021.
The Responsible Legacy Task Force preliminarily identified the following criteria to evaluate the conduct of names:
Conduct Unbecoming or Offensive:
Views and statements below are most compelling when they are morally repugnant and create an environment that harms individuals of a particular race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or class.
- Confederate Sympathizers
- Slave Ownership
- Harmful Views and Statements
- Racist Views and White Supremacy
- Economic Disenfranchisement
- Discriminatory Practices Against Indigenous People
- Discriminatory Practices Against the LGBTQ Community
Honorable or Good Conduct:
Honorable conduct should strive for parity and inclusivity in celebrating all groups represented within the County.
- Trailblazers: First to accomplish a major achievement
- Impactful to the County: Includes but is not limited to sports and entertainment figures, community officials, and community members
- Commitment to Public Service
- Activists, Heroes, Resistors, Martyrs, and Protagonists: Individuals who fought against dishonorable conduct
- Educators, Self-Sacrificing Individuals, Aspirational Figures, Service Members and Law Enforcement
The Responsible Legacy Task Force is working to ensure that Prince George's County’s legacy is one of equality, diversity and inclusion, and invites YOUR participation in this process. Please respond to the survey questions below by Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Thank you for participating.