I was out of town Saturday morning through Sunday evening for a wedding in North Carolina, so I missed witnessing the oddity conveyed to me (and documented in the picture below) by a neighbor known on this blog as “Mr. Ray.” He reports that at 8am on Sunday morning, two kids and an older guy began nailing red painted plywood boards over the second story windows of the NPS’s Carter Woodson House (one of three vacant buildings owned by the National Parks Service on 9th Street set to become a historic site and visitors center by 2016). People from Shiloh Baptist Church pointed out to the workers that they were supposed to be putting up the boards over windows on Shiloh's properties instead. After the workers took down the boards from the Woodson house, parishoners started arriving en masse and commenting about working on the Sabbath; the workers eventually left.
Does this odd event mean that work by Shiloh addressing the issues raised by the Board of Condemnation and Unsanitary Buildings is imminent? It certainly doesn't seem to indicate that the properties are set to be rehabilitated in any meaningful way or with any significant investment.