Noose Found In Capitol Hill Church Courtyard
by Larry Janezich
Posted March 27, 2021
Friday morning, members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church choir found a noose on a tree in the church’s courtyard. The progressive church is at 301 A Street, across from the Library of Congress Adam’s Building and two blocks from the East Front of the US Capitol. Over the past few months, two “Black Lives Matter” signs have been stolen from the church. In addition, two nearby protest sculptures in fire boxes featuring Thomas Jefferson and Sally – at 3rd and Independence, SE, and at 3rd and C Street, NE Hemings – have been damaged or destroyed. These sculptures were part of a series on installations across the city by “Fearless Girls 2020”.
Councilmember Charles Allen tweeted a photo of the noose and condemned the act:
“A noose was found today at St Mark’s Episcopal Church on the Hill, a despicable symbol and act of hate. MPD has been on scene and is working with church leadership. Denounce it out loud and clear –hate has no home here.”
MPD is investigating the incident at a possible hate crime.