Montgomery Parks May Speaker Series Topic: “Juneteenth: Celebrating the Past and Present”

by MCS Staff

Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival organizer LaTisha Gasaway-Paul discusses the struggles and triumphs of the county’s original African American settlements: Montgomery Parks is hosting its May Speaker Series on Montgomery County’s first African American owned community and the upcoming Juneteenth federal holiday.

Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival Chairperson LaTisha Gasaway-Paul will discuss the triumphs of this historic community, the challenges residents face in the present, and their hopes for the future. Gasaway Paul, is a fifth-generation resident of Scotland, a Potomac neighborhood that is the first community where African Americans owned land in Montgomery County.  

She is working to preserve Scotland’s history and ensure its survival.  Along the way, she is working to develop the Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival into the premiere Juneteenth celebration in the Washington D.C. area and enlisting an interfaith community to help preserve African American history.  

“Montgomery Parks is proud to co-sponsor the Scotland Juneteenth Heritage festival at Cabin John Regional Park,” said Mike Riley, director of Montgomery Parks. “We are honored to be part of this important event and to support this community. It’s sure to be a great event with a community service opportunity, kids’ carnival, and food that will provide fun for everyone on the holiday.” Scotland Festival Events will be held June 15-19 at several different locations.  Visit the Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival website for complete details.

What:       May Speaker Series:  Juneteenth: Celebrating the Past and Present  

When:       Wednesday, May 31, 2023 |  11:00 a.m.-Noon

Where:      The session will be held online. Registration is available via
                   the May speaker series online form.   
                   A zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the session.



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