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CAIR to Join Macedonia Baptist Church, Community Partners in Calling for Building Moratorium at Historic African Burial Ground in Maryland

(BALTIMORE, MD, 7/3/20) – On Monday, July 6, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join Macedonia Baptist Church and community partners at a news conference in Bethesda, Md., to call for a building moratorium that would halt construction at the site of a historic African burial ground in that city.

News conference participants will urge local government to return that property to the church for proper maintenance and caretaking. 

WHAT: News Conference Calling for Building Moratorium at African Burial Ground in Bethesda

WHEN: Monday, July 6, 11 a.m. ET

WHERE:  Outside Macedonia Baptist Church, 5119 River Road, Bethesda, Maryland

CONTACT: Marsha Coleman Adebayo 240-731-9577 nofearcoalition@aol.com; CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry,  zchaudry@cair.com410-971-6062

BACKGROUND: 

SEE: Activists continue to protest to preserve historic African cemetery

https://www.localdvm.com/news/activists-continue-to-protest-to-preserve-historic-african-cemetery/

A storage company has begun construction in Bethesda, Md., on top of a historic burial ground where bodies of enslaved Africans, the first generation of freed enslaved Africans in Bethesda, and their descendants have been interned. Communities of faith are calling on the Montgomery County government to immediately place a building moratorium on Bethesda Self Storage company to halt construction, and to allow renowned anthropologist Dr. Michael Blakey, who is an expert on African Burial sites, to lead a forensic analysis of Moses Cemetery. 

Dr. Blakey will be joining the news conference, and he has concluded based on his examination of photographs that there is a possibility of human remains and funerary objects being disturbed by the digging operation. This news conference will adhere to social distancing guidelines and masks are required. 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry,  zchaudry@cair.com410-971-6062

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