Ashburn, VA (October 11, 2016) – The site of the Ashburn Colored School was crowded most of the day Sunday with volunteers wanting to erase the hateful graffiti painted on the one-room schoolhouse a week earlier.
Armed with paint scrapers and brushes, the workers, young and old, covered the racist and vulgar messages with a fresh coat of paint.
Yvonne Neal Thornton, who attended the Ashburn Colored School, returned to the property to greet the volunteers and see the schoolhouse she spent most of her days in from 1938 to 1945. In a 2015 interview, the 83-year-old described the now 124-year-old building as a safe haven for black families over the years. “It’s like a landmark for those of us who went there,” she said.
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Danielle Nadler, LoudounNow