The iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has been the home for many wedding proposals, but likely not are as unique as a special engagement held on the bridge last Saturday.
During a Black Lives Matter protest, Quinlin Messenger and his fiancée Carrie Montgomery became engaged, prompting cheers and support from fellow protesters.
Saturday’s protest was among many being held throughout the US.
“I’ve been grappling with the fear of going to protest as a black man in America,” Messenger wrote on Facebook, “but Carrie Montgomery, you’ve helped me conquer that fear! - and you’ve shown me that the power of empathy, patience, and understanding can truly inspire change.
“So excited for what lies ahead for us, and our family to be. We hope our love can be a beacon for all!”
Montgomery told KGO-TV that she did not know the engagement was coming.
“I definitely did not know what was going on,” she said. “I think everyone around me knew what was going on and everyone immediately just expressed their just support and gratitude. And I think feeling that was already overwhelming, just in the context that we were at."