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July 15, 2022

Silvana Quiroz
(301) 699-3500 x6158


Library Commemorates Military Service of Black Marylanders on July 26

Largo, MD - As part of the “In Freedom's Name” exhibit, the Prince Georg e’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) is honored to present an exceptional panel to discuss the significant contributions of Black Marylanders through military service. This special event marks the closing of the 5-month tour of “In Freedom’s Name” throughout Prince George’s County. “This exhibit and special event connect the history of service and sacrifice of Black Marylanders to contemporary life in the local community,” said Nicholas A. Brown, COO for Communication and Outreach.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


  • The Honorable Mel Franklin, Council Member At-Large, Prince George's County Council
  • Brigadier General Janeen L. Birckhead, Commander, Maryland Army National Guard
  • Dr. James Dula, Prince George's County Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Glenn T. Johnston, Chair, Public History & Humanities, Stevenson University
  • Shane Warren, Exhibit Sponsor and Owner, Warren Builds LLC

WHERE: Oxon Hill Branch Library , 6200 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 

This event is sponsored by Warren Builds, Council Member Mel Franklin Jr., PGCMLS, and the Prince George’s County Office of Human Rights. 

"In Freedom’s Name: Maryland's Black Men and Women and their Defense of Liberty” is a touring exhibit that celebrates the military service and sacrifice of Black Marylanders throughout history. The exhibit features 38 panels that include 63 major stories and 245 photographs and images. It explores the stories of Marylanders and Prince Georgians whose courage and service are an inspiration for young people and adults alike.

Developed by the Maryland Military Historical Society, in partnership with Stevenson’ University's Department of Public History & Humanities, the exhibition at PGCMLS is sponsored by Warren Builds and County Council Member-at-Large Mel Franklin. “In Freedom’s Name” was previously displayed at Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, and public libraries in Anne Arundel, Frederick, and Howard counties. For more information to attend the rest of the “In Freedom's Name” exhibit visit

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About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 967,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. PGCMLS is the recipient of the 2021 Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator Award for Workforce and Economic
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