May 2, 2020
10:00 am — 4:00 pm
John Wesley Church
40125 Bond Street
Waterford, VA 20197
Please join Preservation Virginia, in partnership with the Loudoun Freedom Center, Waterford Foundation, Loudoun County Government and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, as we bring together advocates, historians and preservationists for an in-depth look at researching and protecting African American cemeteries in Loudoun County and Virginia.
Pastor Michelle Thomas of the Loudoun Freedom Center will share her experiences preserving African American cemeteries and will lead an afternoon bus tour of the Sycolin African American Cemetery and the African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont and discuss how the Loudoun Freedom Center has succeeded in developing permanent protections for cemeteries and how the cemeteries are helping tell the story of slavery in Loudoun County.
Representatives from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Loudoun County Government, the Loudoun Heritage Commission and the Thomas Balch Library will discuss identifying African American cemeteries, issues concerning cemetery ownership and tools for recording and preserving cemeteries.
Registration is $60 (coffee and lunch included)