Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 2A. Commemoration Task Force.


§ 9–251. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the terms "commemorative work" and "public space" shall have the same meanings as provided for in § 9-204.11.


(Mar. 16, 2021, D.C. Law 23-197, § 2, 68 DCR 000757.)


§ 9–252. Commemoration Task Force Establishment.

(a) There is established a Commemoration Task Force ("Task Force") with the purpose of reviewing existing commemorative works and public space names, including public buildings and official street names, to evaluate whether a commemorative work or public space name is racist, oppressive, hateful, or offensive to the public or to the District's public policy under Unit A of Chapter 14 of Title 2. The evaluation shall:

(1) Consider the artistic, social, historic, and political context or intent of the commemorative work or public space name; and

(2) Consider the apparent primary rationale for establishing the commemorative work or public space name.

(b) The Task Force shall develop a process to solicit public input and comments.

(c) By December 31, 2021, the Task Force shall submit to the Council a report detailing:

(1) Any commemorative works or public space names it deems to be inappropriate or offensive and the reason for such determination;

(2) Recommendations on what action should be taken with respect to the commemorative work or public space name including removal, relocation, renaming, alteration, or installation of additional interpretive elements.

(d)(1) The Office of Planning shall provide to the Task Force the following draft or final documents from the District of Columbia Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DCFACES) Working Group:

(A) The final report and recommendations of the working group;

(B) The Engagement Committee report and summary;

(C) The Policy Committee report and summary;

(D) The Research Committee Report;

(E) Persons of Interest summary document; and

(F) An inventory of commemorative works and public space names.

(2) Any documents, including drafts, provided pursuant to this subsection shall not be subject to a request under subchapter II of Chapter 5 of Title 2 through the Council or the Task Force.

(e) The Council shall provide administrative and technical support to the Task Force.

(f) The Task Force shall be composed of 5 members appointed by the Council Chairman to include:

(1) At least 2 members who are academics in the field of history;

(2) At least one member chosen by the Chairman from a list of 3 recommendations by the Historical Society of Washington D.C.; and

(3) At least one member from an organization advancing racial equity in the District.


(Mar. 16, 2021, D.C. Law 23-197, § 3, 68 DCR 000757.)


§ 9–253. Sunset.

This chapter shall expire upon the submission of the report required by [§ 9-252(c)] by the Task Force to the Council.


(Mar. 16, 2021, D.C. Law 23-197, § 4, 68 DCR 000757.)