Botetourt County puts first of two historic buildings on truck to be moved while residents protest

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BOTETOURT COUNTY (WSLS 10) - Crews in Botetourt County now have one of two historic slave quarters on the back of a flat-bed truck ready to be moved.

Protestors were on the site of the Greenfield Plantation Wednesday morning scared the county might be moving the building to a new location without letting them know.

They say they want to be there when it happens to show the county people oppose the decision.

"For the last week or two I've actually had my hat, my gloves, and my boots in my car so I could just take off whenever I'm told they're moving them, and that's what I've done today," said protester Roblyn Brand.

The man organizing the protest, Liniel Gregory, says he submitted new information to Botetourt Circuit Court Tuesday highlighting the structures on the state and national historic registers.

"We're incumbent upon those designations to preserve everything we can about situations such as this, and so I've shared that with them and explained in there that these things are just like monuments or tombstones if you will to those slaves who lived, worked, played, raised families, and died right here," said Gregory.

The county says it will not move the buildings until next week.

The exact date depends on weather conditions.