Moses Cemetery supporters growing impatient as HOC stays silent on future plans for the site

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KENSINGTON, Md. -- The fight continues to preserve the Moses African Cemetery in the Westbard neighborhood of Bethesda.

Members of the Macedonia Baptist Church and other community leaders have been battling it out to get the deed to the parcel of land which sit at the Westwood Towers Apartments.    

Wednesday, frustrations flared as the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County heard again from activists, faith leaders, and political candidates in support of memorializing the African American burial ground, but the HOC’s stance has not changed, leaving many wondering what will happen that piece of land.

“Your silence is deafening and honestly, we need an answer from the commission as to what your intentions are. We've been coming here for months and we deserve an answer.", said Bill Cook, Candidate for Montgomery County Council during the public comment portion of the HOC's monthly meeting.

Patience is running thin among Cook and other Montgomery County residents seeking answers in the fate of the Moses African Cemetery, which sits as a paved thruway on the grounds of the Westwood Tower Apartments.

While the HOC has yet to make any public comment on the subject, their online statement has not changed, saying they have no plans to further develop Westwood Towers at this time and given the "sensitivity of the issue in relation to the history of this area. Moving forward, HOC will continue to listen to the concerns of the Westbard community."
But more than a listening ear, the community is seeking action.

"We want you to do more than nothing. We want you to do something. Help us to memorialize Moses African Cemetery. Help us to hallow that ground.", said County Council candidate, Jim McGee to commissioners.

Macedonia Baptist Church, who's been after ownership of the site, wants to erect a museum and spiritual space on the grounds.
While the HOC maintains its silence, Macedonia Baptist Church Pastor, Segun Adebayo said, "I don't know what's the game plan between them and the developer to buy a piece of land for 20 million that you now claim you don't have any plan to do anything with. But we believe we're going to prevail. They're holding a hand of losing cards and they know it."

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