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Dig into the rich history of Black Africans living on River Road.
The controversy surrounding a construction site behind a McDonald’s
franchise along River Road has revolved around the question of whether
Parcel 242, atop which Montgomery County Parks and Planning is building
a storage facility, indeed served as a final resting place for enslaved and
formerly enslaved Africans who lived in the community.
In the 1960s, construction of a high-rise and parking lot in Bethesda, Maryland, was thought to have covered part of the burial ground. Matthews says the workers bulldozed over African American remains, while wiping away a century-old community founded by free slaves after the Civil War.
In Bethesda, people are protesting construction the they say risks the desecration of a historic Black burial site.
The inconspicuous construction site hidden behind a McDonald’s parking lot just off River Road has become the latest battleground in the fight over commemorating a historic Black cemetery in Bethesda.