Pastor, members leave church amid refusal to build memorial wall for slave graves

By Samuel Smith, CP Reporter | Monday, January 13, 2020 Hillsboro United Methodist Church in Hillsboro, Virginia | NBC Washington A pastor and some churchgoers have left a United Methodist Church in Virginia over what they say was the congregation’s refusal to build a memorial wall for a predominantly African-American gravesite found on church property. Pastor Mark Jagoe, formerly of the Hillsboro United Methodist Church in Loudon County, retired last October. According to LoudonNow, the pastor’s retirement came as a result of a disagreement over the commemoration of 72 graves of predominantly slaves and freedmen found on the church’s east lawn…

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