Ashburn, VA (September 29, 2015) – The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services will host a rededication ceremony in honor of the Mac Brownell Adult Day Center and the Joseph and Lena Cook Grand Hall (located in the Carver Center) at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 3, 2015. The ceremony will be held near the entrance to the Mac Brownell Adult Day Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville, VA. Refreshments and an open house will follow the ceremony.
The Carver Center and (former) Carver Adult Day Center, opened in 2007, are co-located facilities. There were requests from the community to consider an independent name for the adult day center. Public input was sought by advertising through local and social media. Suggestions were accepted through March 17, 2015. During its May 20, 2015 business meeting, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved “Mac Brownell Adult Day Center” as the official name. Former Loudoun resident, Zora “Mac” Brownell, was considered the driving force in the development of the county’s first adult day center opened in Leesburg in 1997. As founder and lifelong member of the Friends of Loudoun County Adult Day Centers, she was equally instrumental in getting the adult day center in Purcellville built as part of the renovation of the former Carver School.
In addition, the Board voted to name Carver Center’s ballroom/grand hall in honor of Joseph and Lena Cook. Joseph and Lena were two of the original members of the Willing Workers Club, which spearheaded construction of the first two-room schoolhouse for African American children in the Town of Purcellville. Named “Willing Workers Hall,” the schoolhouse opened in 1919. The building was later expanded, referred to as the “Purcellville School,” deeded to the Loudoun County School Board and eventually sold. In 1935, Mrs. Cook offered six and three-fourths acres to the School Board for the purpose of building a school. The land, purchased by the School Board in 1945, became the site for Purcellville’s George Washington Carver Elementary School, the first modern-day school for African American children in the area, which opened in 1948. A display of Cook family artifacts is planned, along with the grand hall designation.
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