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Rothwell Figg Fights to Preserve Burial Ground of Formerly Enslaved Africans

July 16, 2020

Seeking to stop the desecration of the Moses African Cemetery and to preserve the rich history of the once thriving local African community, Steven Lieberman of Rothwell Figg is representing the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition (BACC), pro bono, in a fight to halt construction on the sacred ground in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Cemetery is a burial ground for formerly enslaved Africans dating back to the 18th century, but within the past few years, land under which the cemetery sits was approved for a multi-story, self-storage facility. The BACC, which was started by the Macedonia Baptist Church and is make up of volunteers, activists, community groups, and faith-based organizations, would like to see the land returned to the church, the former owner of the cemetery, and the consecration of the cemetery with a memorial and museum.

Mr. Lieberman of Rothwell Figg is representing the BACC with Joshua Odintz of Baker McKenzie.