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CAIR Urges Reintroduction of New Hampshire Bill Protecting Historic Black Cemeteries

(WASHINGTON D.C., 5/17/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged New Hampshire lawmakers to reintroduce a bill protecting enslavement-era Black cemeteries. 

New Hampshire Senate Bill 258, which would preserve historic Black gravesites, was voted down by the House Committee on Resources, Recreation and Development last week. The bill was unanimously passed by the Senate in February. The House Committee recommended further study on the bill and took issue with the bill’s mention of a private nonprofit to represent the interests of descendants of enslaved people. 

SEE: House ends effort to protect enslavement-era African American graves

“We urge New Hampshire lawmakers to reintroduce this important bill after resolving any technical concerns that may have blocked its passage,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Every community deserves to have the resting places of their ancestors protected.” 

He noted that last month, CAIR backed a protest by the Coalition to Save Historic Thoroughfare against the alleged ongoing desecration of African-American and Native American cemeteries in Thoroughfare, Va., that are the resting places of slaves, freed slaves, freedmen/freedwomen, and Indigenous people. 

SEE: CAIR Backs N. Va. Coalition Protest of Ongoing Desecration of Historic African-American, Native American Cemetery 

In March, CAIR backed a federal bill to help preserve historic African-American burial sites across the nation. 

SEE: CAIR Backs Federal Bipartisan Bill to Help Protect Historic African-American Cemeteries 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,