Harvey Matthews was born and bred in Bethesda, Maryland back when it was a predominately African community. When capitalist development encroached on the community in the 60’s, Mr. Mathews’ home was destroyed to make way for commercial property. Later, the cemetery, which contains the remains of the town’s black residents, was paved over to make a parking lot.
Today, the burial ground site is threatened once again by the development of a parking garage. The people are standing their ground this time and fighting for a memorial instead, to honor Bethesda’s African history.
Mr. Mathews has become a prominent voice in this fight.