Tag Archives: Loudoun County History

Forgotten No More: Slave Burial Ground Dedicated

Planted in rows more than a century ago, the pointy-topped fieldstones protruding from the ground in the woods along Belmont Ridge Road have attracted little—if any—notice in modern Loudoun County.

michelle_thomas_belmontThat changed Sunday.

The graveyard that holds the remains of slaves was reclaimed as sacred ground during a dedication ceremony organized by the Loudoun Freedom Center, which formed this year to tell the stories of the county’s historically black communities…

…Phillip Thompson, the Loudoun NAACP branch’s president, praised Thomas as a “powerhouse” in her dedication to the project, particularly in her effort to persuade Toll Brothers of the importance of allowing a foundation to take over stewardship of the land.

“These people worked for free and helped make Loudoun County what it is today,” Thompson said of the slaves buried at the site.

Thomas said the life of the slaves would serve as inspiration to future generations. “God did not bury you here, he planted you here,” she said.

Read more in Leesburg Today.

An American Story: Historical African- American Communities and Contributions

Loudoun County, VA Heritage Bus Tour
November 14, 2015

Making History Come Alive!

On Saturday, November 14, join the Black History Committee (BHC) of the Friends of the Balch Library on a heritage bus tour of historical communities: Leesburg, Waterford, Middleburg, Gleedsville, as well as, Oatlands and the Thomas Balch Library. Learn about the powerful citizens that came out of slavery to build with pride stable and productive communities which are also located along Civil War routes and sites of an unparalleled American heritage…part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground. The tour will begin and end at the Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

A mini bus accompanied by volunteer interpreters will provide historic narratives between visits. Important to note that our volunteers have lived the history as most have been born and raised in beautiful Loudoun County, VA. Organized by project leader and Cultural Tourism Ambassador (CTA), Alicia Cohen, and team of volunteers, the heritage tour aims to increase the county’s cultural tourism as it relates to its African American citizens, heritage and communities. Tour is also based on the BHC publication, Loudoun County’s African American Communities: A Tour Map and Guide.

Tour information below:

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Cost: $28.00 per guest (Introductory fee)
Register by: Friday, October 31
Meet: Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176 Contact Person: Alicia Cohen, aaheritage@gmail.com or 703 606 3275 (cell)

To register before October 31, please use the attached registration form to mail checks or credit card information.