Tempers flare at Housing Opportunities Commission meeting over cemetery site

Despite assurances from the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) that a parking garage will not be built on the site of a historically-black cemetery in Bethesda’s Westbard community, members of the nearby Macedonia Baptist Church are not satisfied. For the last two years, the church has been fighting to have the burial ground memorialized, which would make it illegal for the county to plan any development there. The site was originally bought in 1911 by an African American benevolent organization for the purpose of serving as a burial ground. The land was then sold in the 1950s, and much of the area was turned into a parking lot for the Westbard Tower apartments. (Bethesda)

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