Mt. Hope community comes together to peacefully march through town

MT. HOPE, WV (WOAY) – Community members in Mount Hope came together on Friday night for a peace parade through town.

This was put on by Harmony for Hope as the nonprofit organization wanted to bring everyone together to celebrate unity following the death of George Floyd. 

 Mt. Hope Regional Band performed in the parade while the police, fire and EMS teams escorted them through town.

Parade participant Jean Evansmore attended school at DuBois High School in Mt. Hope before it became Mt. Hope High School, so she remembers the days of segregation in Fayette County very well.

She says she’s hopeful now to see all of the young people involved in the movement and says the fact that a small town like Mount Hope is participating shows that the movement is growing and gaining the attention of those who need to see it. 

“I am almost 79-and-a-half years old. There are things that have happened in my life as a black female. Many white people just don’t have a clue,” she said. 

Evansmore will be speaking tomorrow at Oak Hill’s peaceful march which will begin at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow downtown. 

Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.