Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association is a freedom of religion case about a local government’s display and maintenance of a 40-foot tall cross on public property that was established in memory of fallen World War I soldiers. The case presents a great opportunity for students to explore the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. The case was argued on February 27, 2019, and decided on June 20, 2019. 


Case Summary

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association (Note: you will be prompted to create a Street Law store web account in order to download this free case summary.)

Case Briefs

Oral Argument

Decision

News Articles and Resources


Click on the photo below to view images of the cross and surrounding monuments in Veteran Memorial Park: 

Bladensburg Cross/Peace Cross (2018)