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An American Story: Historical African-American Communities and Contributions Loudoun County, VA Heritage Bus Tour

Making History Come Alive!

On Saturday, June 25, join the Black History Committee (BHC) of the Friends of the Balch Library on a heritage bus tour of historical communities: Leesburg, Waterford, Purcellville, Middleburg, Gleedsville, as well as, Oatlands and the Thomas Balch Library. Learn about the powerful citizens that came out of enslavement to build with pride stable and productive communities in Loudoun County, Virginia which are also located along Civil War routes and sites of an unparalleled American heritage...part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Area. The tour will begin and end at the Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

A mini bus accompanied by volunteer interpreters will provide historic narratives between sites. 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, their skills, creative genius, heritage and communities. Tour is also based on two publications: Loudoun County’s African American Communities: A Tour Map & Guideand HONORING THEIR PATHS Along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground.

Tour details below:

  •  Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016 Time: 9 AM 4:30 PM

  •  Cost: $75.00 per guest (includes box-lunch) Register by: Friday, June 10

  •  Meet: Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176

  •  Contact Person: Alicia Cohen, or (cell) 703 606 3275