WATCH: Video from yesterday's protest
But HOC is an equal partner, and in reality, the driving force behind the garage plan in particular. Internal emails have exposed that HOC, like the County and Regency, were fully aware that the graves were there when they proposed building on top of them - and did so only after the public comment period had ended. Protesters were keen on letting HOC know the cat is out of the bag, and the commissioners are now on the hot seat.
|Protesters filled the room at|
|Macedonia Baptist Church's|
Harvey Matthews (L), Marsha Coleman Adebayo (center)
were joined by County Executive candidate
Robin Ficker (R) at the meeting
|Montgomery County Young Republicans|
VP Dan McHugh comments on the
cemetery controversy during a press
conference live-streamed on Facebook
Yesterday, protesters were also joined by a new ally, John Adams, Director of the Afro-American Child Care Association, a group with over 400 members.
Not so gung ho about preserving the resting place of the first generation of freed slaves in Maryland was - not surprisingly - the HOC. Two church representatives were given the chance to address the Commission, but chair Jackie Simon made clear the topic would not be discussed publicly at this time.
"We know that our cause is just," associate minister Charlie Davis said at a press conference after the protesters filed out of the board meeting, "and we will persist in the fight, no matter how long it takes."