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Local activists see history in Charlottesville

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SILVER SPRING – The violence that erupted in the aftermath of a confrontation between white supremacist groups protesting the removal of a Confederate statue and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., has stirred painful memories for some area residents.

"It's horrible to see these things happening again," said Rocky Twyman a local activist and veteran of the anti-Jim Crow struggles of the 1960s. "It's truly horrible to see the Nazi flag in America. The Jews helped us in the South during the Civil Rights Movement. They came down to help us organize and spent their money to bail us out of jail."

On Aug. 19, Twyman's Pray at the Pump Movement partnered with Hopeside Seventh Day Adventist Church to hold a "Speak out Concert Against Hate" at Calverton Baptist Church in Silver Spring, where Hopeside holds its Saturday services.

"What we see now is that hate is becoming mainstream," said Anand "Andy" Chavakula, pastor of Hopeside. "Today, I want to encourage people to come together and to launch the slogan 'Standing up against hate is winning for America."

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Hogan moves Taney statue from outside statehouse

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Taney statueLast week, Gov. Larry Hogan decided to remove the statue that stands outside the Maryland State House in Annapolis of Roger B. Taney, the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice infamous for the majority opinion he wrote in the Dred Scott decision.

“While we cannot hide from our history – nor should we – the time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapters of our history,” Hogan said in a statement. “With that in mind, I believe removing the Justice Roger B. Taney statue from the State House grounds is the right thing to do, and we will ask the State House Trust to take that action immediately."

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Local Man Leads Alt-Right

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Matthew Heimbach grew up in MoCo and helped organize the march in Charlottesville

Heimbach Chicago RallyMatthew Heimbach attended Poolesville High School and Montgomery College. COURTESY PHOTO  

Matthew Heimbach, the chairman of the Traditionalist Workers Party (a white nationalist organization), claimed he watched as anti-fascist counter-protesters showered his followers in bleach and urine in Charlottesville, Va. on Friday. His group was in Charlottesville as part of the “Unite the Right” rally that brought together dozens of alt-right groups together to protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee Statue from Emancipation Park.

Heimbach, who helped organized the rally said the city government was to blame for the violence in Charlottesville.

Raised locally, Heimbach attended Poolesville High School where he said he attempted to create a white student group.

“I got several hundred students to sign on to my paper to do it. The principal trashed it. I emailed every teacher to get a sponsor none of them responded; it must have been an administrative decision,” he said of his efforts.

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The Last Ride

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Infamous cavalry statue takes its last ride to Poolesville to stand guard at White's Ferry

Confederate Statue 2Workmen remove the Confederate Cavalry statue to take it to its new resting place near White's Ferry. FILE PHOTO  

ROCKVILLE – Friday was a last hurrah for a 104-year-old Rockville statue representing an increasingly more distant past.

After two years of controversy and public debates a County contractor moved Rockville’s Confederate statue Tuesday to its new home at White’s Ferry outside of Poolesville. The statue, depicting a confederate cavalryman – and modeled after a former Rockville mayor, was taken from its home at the old Rockville “Red Brick” Courthouse where it had stayed for many years. The statue arrived at White’s Ferry on Tuesday.

For years Rockville and County residents debated the appropriateness of the statue, which for the last 104 years stood in downtown Rockville as a memorial to the County’s confederate Civil War veterans.

While the statue was the centerpiece of discussion for many Rockville City Council meetings, only about half a dozen County resident gathered on Friday to give the statue a farewell topped with a Champaign toast to a monument of Rockville’s past.

“I actually had relatives that fought for the Confederacy from Montgomery County, so this is actually part of my culture,” said Bethesda resident David King, who is a member of the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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Controversial statue defaced for second time

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20170509 190318The controversial Civil War statue in Rockville was hidden behind a gray wooden box, after vandals painted it. Now they got the box. PHOTO BY KATHLEEN STUBBS  ROCKVILLE – A wooden box encasing the Confederate statue located outside the Red Brick Courthouse did not deter someone from writing a second message related to the memorial.

By 7 p.m. Tuesday, someone had written the word “SAD!” in neon orange spray paint across the front of the box.

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On The Road Again

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Confederate statue will head north and join Jubal Early ferry in Dickerson

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The last battle of the Civil War in the County is perhaps finally over.

After deciding to remove the Confederate soldier statue about a year ago, the County found a new home for it Tuesday, deciding to relocate the statue to White’s Ferry in Dickerson.

The statue, built in 1913 with donations from the Daughters of the Confederacy, was dedicated to County residents who fought for the South during the Civil War. The inscription on the statue reads, “To Our Heroes of Montgomery County Maryland: That We Through Life May Not Forget to Love the Thin Gray Line.”

Currently, the statue sits next to the Old Brick Courthouse in downtown Rockville, surrounded by a wooden box covering part of the statue to prevent graffiti.

“I fully understand that the statue reflects a piece of County history and that many County residents are proud of the sacrifices and bravery shown by their ancestors,” said County Executive Ike Leggett, who was in favor of moving the statue. “Nonetheless, as originally enacted, it was not and is not part of the heritage of all of our residents. When originally constructed and placed on County property, it failed to reflect both sides of this unfortunate struggle in our history.”

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Rockville postpones tonight's Confederate Statue hearing

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**UPDATED -- Nov. 19, 2015**

ROCKVILLE – The controversial Confederate Cavalry Statue in Rockville lives to fight another day.

 

Confederate statue 7-31-15The Confederate Cavalry Statue stands inside of a wooden box after someone spray-painted graffiti on it this summer. FILE PHOTO

The city government announced via a tweet Thursday the Historic District Commission postponed its discussion about the Confederate Cavalry Statue due to a lack of quorum.

However, the rest of the meeting is still taking place, scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

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