Maryland Governor Joins Governor Northam & Mayor Bowser

Governor Hogan Joins Governor Northam, Mayor Bowser For Transfer of 55 Historic African American Headstones to National Harmony Memorial Park

ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan joined Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for the official transfer of 55 historic African American headstones to National Harmony Memorial Park in Prince George’s County.

The headstones, which had been used as erosion-control and scattered along the Virginia shores of the Potomac River, will be reunited with remains previously relocated from the former site of D.C.’s historic Columbian Harmony Cemetery. Today’s ceremony was held at Caledon State Park in King George, Va.

“As soon as we learned of the massive undertaking to recover these headstones, we offered the full support of our entire Maryland team,” said Governor Hogan. “We have no greater responsibility as leaders in democracy than preserving for future generations the importance of clearly differentiating between right and wrong.”

The State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia entered into an unprecedented agreement to recover and move the headstones to their rightful place. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Historical Trust are partnering with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the History, Arts, and Science Action Network (HASAN) on the project.

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