Colesville Church Has Black Lives Matter Banner Repeatedly Vandalized

Colesville Church Has Black Lives Matter Banner Repeatedly Vandalized

Back in February we reported that Colesville Presbyterian Church had been victimized by several acts of vandalism over the Black Lives Matter signs and posters the church has displayed on their property.  Unfortunately, the church has again had it’s banner slashed.

Toby Weismiler from Colesville Presbyterian sent out the following email this morning:

“We wanted to send out an update to our neighborhood supporters of the Black Lives Matter banner/message here at Colesville Presbyterian Church.  After Black History Month, we took a pause, but decided to display the banner again in late May in remembrance of George Floyd who was killed on May 25, 2020, and also to commemorate the Tulsa Massacre of 1921, a frequently overlooked tragedy in our country’s past.

Our banner was, once again, slashed after the first week. Our good neighbor and supporter, Jim Nix, again came to the rescue, and offered to lend us his BLM banner. He also volunteered to put it up in the morning and take it down at night to prevent vandalism.
After two weeks, we are taking another pause with that banner, but will display it in the future. Thank you for your commitment and support for racial justice.”

Anyone with any information should contact Montgomery County Police Department 3D at (240) 773-6800

From our February article:
The banner in front of the church has been replaced multiple times since it was first put up by the church back in 2015.  According to a message on the church’s website, Black Lives Matter banners have been repeatedly stolen, painted over, and destroyed.

“Colesville Presbyterian began displaying a Black Lives Matter banner, visible for drivers on New Hampshire Avenue, in early June.

After several weeks on display, this first banner was stolen. The replacement banner put up in early July was soon defaced with paint, then the words were cut out of the banner.

Session agreed to leave the damaged  banner on display, as testimony to the church’s continuing support for the black lives matter sentiment, in spite of detractors who would damage our church property.

Then CPC received a wonderful surprise in mid July – a replacement black lives matter flag hanging with the damaged banner, placed by a community member who also left a note of support. 

The church has received messages of support from others in the community as well, citing their appreciation that the church continues to display our banners despite theft and vandalism. 

As of July 21, the church has added a series of lawn signs in front of the church to amplify the black lives matter sentiment.”

Anyone with any information should contact Montgomery County Police Department 3D at (240) 773-6800

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