The DC City Council heard testimony Sept. 15 on a proposed bill to rename Lafayette Park to Lafayette-Pointer Park and Recreation Center in honor of a Black community evicted from the site so a Whites-only school and park could be built there. In addition to Historic Chevy Chase DC board members who presented testimony was James Fisher, an eighth-generation direct descendant of a former slave, George Pointer. It was Pointer’s granddaughter who first settled on the Broad Branch site. The community grew and thrived for nearly 80 years before the 1828 act of eminent domain that forced them to leave. Also providing testimony where two former Lafayette students. Click on this clip of testimony.