|Greenfield Preston slave quarters.|
Those protesting say they cannot get a response to their questions about the removal from the board and they have held a couple of organized gatherings--including a gospel sing--recently. Another is scheduled today (Thursday) February 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Youth Center Building in Fincastle to present an update on the status of the slave dwellings and the plantation grounds which have been altered by the Board of Supervisors’ decision.
The lack of response from the board of supervisors is most troubling to me, so I have e-mailed my old friend John Williamson, a member of the board, for a response. He promises to have one by early this evening and I will let you know what he says. John is neither a racist, nor a person insensitive to our culture and history. He is, however, a former county administrator who is acutely aware of tax bases and economic development.
A lot of us don't want to sell out off our heritage in order to keep our taxes low, but many would do that in a heartbeat. We'll see if that has any application here.
Meanwhile, you can make your voice heard at the meeting today or by calling a Botetourt County representative.