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UPDATE: The Montpelier Foundation board of directors voted on May 16 to welcome eleven new members drawn from a list of twenty esteemed nominees advanced by the Montpelier Descendants Committee (MDC). This momentous decision brings parity in the governance of President James Madison’s estate. At last, descendants of the hundreds of the persons enslaved by the “Father of the Constitution” and on nearby plantations will now share power on Montpelier’s board. Read the MDC’s press release to learn more about this joyful victory.
Now the effort must turn towards repairing the self-inflicted damage that has been done to Montpelier’s staff, reputation, partners, finances, and programs.
Visit this page for updates on the effort to #FreeMontpelier.
Below you will find:
– Action steps
– Press coverage
– Statements of support from field-leading organizations
Media contact: Greg Werkheiser, firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 408-2002
1. Follow and support the Montpelier Descendants Committee on Twitter (don’t forget to use the hashtag #FreeMontpelier).
2. Follow James Madison’s Montpelier on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and remind them of the need to change executive leadership and bring back the terminated and furloughed staff.
3. Let your voice be heard in the comments section of news coverage.