Mayor Appoints Working Group to Recommend Changing Names of DC Facilities
By Larry Janezich
July 29, 2020
Wednesday, Mayor Bowser announced the establishment of the DC Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DCFACES) Working Group. DCFACES is charged with evaluating DC Government-owned facilities and “make recommendations as to what, if any, actions need to be taken if the person the facility is named for is inconsistent with DC values and in some way encouraged the oppression of African Americans and other communities of color or contributed to our long history of systemic racism.” The focus will be on DC Government-owned streets, DC Government-owned buildings (libraries, schools, rec centers, etc.), statues in DC Government–owned parks, and other named public spaces.
DCFACES is co-chaired by Beverly Perry, Bowser’s Senior Advisor, and Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director, DC Public Library. A complete list of the membership is on the group’s website (link below).
The mayor is encouraging input about what should be considered from residents who are asked to take a survey available on the DCFACES website, see here: https://mayor.dc.gov/dcfaces