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Delegate John Bell Recognizes Efforts to Preserve African American History in Loudoun

Pictured: Volunteers Tony Arciero and Larry Roeder, Delegate John Bell, LCPS Student Records representatives Rachel Johnson and Rich Contartesi, along with the Loudoun County School Board.

ASHBURN, Va.: Yesterday, Delegate John J. Bell (D-87th) presented a House Joint Commending Resolution (HJR 527) at the Loudoun County School Board Meeting.

The Resolution commends the efforts of the LCPS Student Records Department along with citizen volunteers to discover, record, and preserve pre-integration records of African American schools, students, and teachers. The study of the long-lost documents has been dubbed the Edwin Washington Project.

“We had thought that a piece of our history had been lost, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of several officials and volunteers, we are piecing the story of African Americans in Loudoun County back together,” said Delegate John J. Bell. “With the discovery and continued study of these documents, the rich history and heritage of education in our area can be preserved and protected. It is my own reward to present this Resolution to such a well-deserving endeavor.”

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