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A Bethesda church and Montgomery County are at odds over how to remember a burial ground.

A Bethesda church and Montgomery County are at odds over how to remember a burial ground.

A small church in Bethesda Md., is protesting a proposed development atop a plot believed to be the site of a former African American cemetery. The history of the spot is still in question, and the church and other community members say they don’t trust the Montgomery County Planning Department’s plans for an archaeological study. The development is part of what some in the community see as a larger trend by the County to sacrifice history –especially that of African Americans – in order to push forward economic development. Kojo chats with the interests on both sides of the story about how to preserve and recognize the past in a changing region.


  • Gwen Wright Planning Director, Montgomery County (Md.); @montgomeryplans
  • Marsha Coleman-Adebayo Head, Social Justice Ministry, The Macedonia Baptist Church; Former Senior Policy Analyst, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); @nofearcoalition

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