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CAIR Supports N. Virginia Coalition’s Protest of Threat to Historic African-American Cemeteries

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/7/2021) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered support for an effort to protect historic African-American cemeteries in Northern Virginia.

On Saturday, April 10 (11 a.m.), the Coalition to Save Historic Thoroughfare will hold a news conference at 16113 John Marshall Highway, Broad Run, Va., to protest the threat of obstructed access to and possible removal of a historic African-American cemeteries in the town of Thoroughfare, Va., a town established by freed slaves, freedmen/freedwomen and Native-Americans. [NOTE: The historic Thoroughfare is located near Broad Run, Va.]

Those scheduled to speak at the protest include representatives of: Coalition to Protect Prince William County, Alliance to Save Carver Road, Prince William NAACP, Prince William Conservation Alliance

The protest will be livestreamed on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/Coalition-To-Save-Historic-Thoroughfare-A-Town-Under-Siege-104115108438832/

WHAT: Protest Over Threat to African-American Cemeteries in Thoroughfare, Va.

WHEN: Saturday, April 10, 2021, 11 a.m.

WHERE: 16113 John Marshall Highway, Broad Run, VA 20137

CONTACT: Coalition to Save Historic Thoroughfare Representatives Frank Washington, 702-812-4174, or Dulany Washington, 703-647-0565

SEE: Coalition to Save Historic Thoroughfare – A Town Under Siege

https://www.facebook.com/Coalition-To-Save-Historic-Thoroughfare-A-Town-Under-Siege-104115108438832/

BACKGROUNDER:

The town of Thoroughfare was established and settled by freed African-American slaves and Native Americans. Homes and family cemeteries in this community date back to 1860 and earlier.

Descendants of freed slaves and Native-Americans still live in Thoroughfare.

Slaves, freed slaves, freedmen/freedwomen, and Native-Americans who worked and lived on the land of Thoroughfare, Va., are under the threat of having their final sacred resting places decimated or completely removed by encroaching developers. Family members are also being denied access to many of these graves.

Historic freed slave homes, land and structures are under the same threat of destruction and at risk of being lost.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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