Caucus of African American Leaders announces plans for Capital Gazette memorial

Danielle Ohl
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The Caucus of African American Leaders has announced an effort to honor the victims of the Capital Gazette attack with an Annapolis memorial.

Caucus convener Carl Snowden said the goal is to raise about $70,000 for a physical monument in memory of Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters, who were killed during the June 28 shooting. The group made the announcement Tuesday.

Snowden and the caucus have undertaken memorial efforts before, erecting a monument to the Civil Rights Foot Soldiers — residents of Annapolis who attended the March on Washington where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech. The Capital Gazette memorial will be similar to the foot soldiers’ monument, Snowden said.

The same company behind the civil rights tableau in Whitmore Park, Picture This On Granite, has designed a rendering of the Capital Gazette monument featuring an explanation of the attack and biographies for each victim.

“This memorial is to make sure the victims are not forgotten and the cause they gave their lives for is not forgotten — and that’s freedom of the press,” Snowden said.

The monument is still largely conceptual, but the caucus will work with the victims’ families on a design, and with the city to pick a location. Snowden hopes the memorial will be somewhere central to Annapolis, where the public can access it easily. City spokeswoman Susan O’Brien said, “There will be a gathering of many voices to see where this memorial would be most appropriate.”

Capital Gazette editor-in-chief Richard Hutzell called the memorial a “wonderful gesture.”

“I think it’s a good way to honor our staff members who died in the attack on our newsroom,” Hutzell said.

Those interested can send donations to the Martin Luther King Committee Inc. at P.O. Box 371, Annapolis, MD 21404. Donations are tax exempt and should specify intent for the Capital Gazette memorial.

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