Cemetery on the brink of MGM’s National Harbour to move

  • The bodies of the Addison family will be moved to nearby St. Johns church
  • The plan is to have the move completed by October

A cemetery just moments away from MGM’s $1.4 billion National Harbour casino resort is being removed, with bodies moving to a nearby church.

The cemetery belonged to the Addison family, who were a prominent Colonial family who made their home along the Potomac River, back in the 1600s, however following a legal battle, it is believed about 36 bodies will be exhumed and laid to rest at a local church with connections to the Addison family.

Waking the Dead

One of the family’s African American descendants Christian Carter sued the casino’s developer this year, after claiming he was the rightful owner of the property according to the Washington Post.

However, his and fellow descendant Tanya Lyle’s claim was dismissed after Prince George’s County District Court judge determined that Peterson Cos owns the land and is not on the property illegally.

Peterson Cos are footing the bill for the burial move and said that it will most likely be completed in October.

However, there are some complications as in the past, Rev. Sarah D. Odderstol of the St. John’s Episcopal Church Broad Creek in Fort Washington (where the bodies will be moved to) said that Christians were buried facing the sunrise to better ascend on the day of judgment but it is believed that this is likely to be honoured in the move.

Support for the move

Despite the prior lawsuit, there has been support for the move with Some family members considering the current resting place to be inappropriate for a noted Colonial clan as well as John Hanson who was a Founding Father and served as president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation as well as being related to the Addisons.

His descendant Peter H. Michael said of the current graveyard:

“It’s a forlorn place for a graveyard now. It sits there practically at the doorstep of what? A casino. Not a dignified place for anybody to be buried”.

After a family vote coupled with approval from the Prince George’s County Office it was agreed that the bodies would be exhumed and sent to St. John’s a much more respectable place.

Other than the planned completion date of sometime in October, specific points of the move are unknown after Andre Gingles, an attorney for Peterson, said “This is very private”.

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