Ashburn, VA (October 3, 2016) – That once-forgotten schoolhouse along Ashburn Road is now known worldwide.
News that the historic Ashburn Colored School had been spray-painted with racist and obscene messages late Friday night has spurred not only outrage, but an international news story and global support.
The vandalism comes 18 months after the Loudoun School for the Gifted had purchased the property and launched a fundraising effort to restore the building, which served Loudoun’s black students from 1892 to 1959. The small private school’s eighth-grade students had been tasked with the restoration effort, with the goal of turning the small, wood-framed building into a museum on the history of education.
The project’s GoFundMe site had shown the students raised $6,000 toward a $14,000 goal as of early Saturday morning. The full restoration effort is expected to cost about $100,000, but school leaders wanted to initially give the students a more attainable goal.
By noon Saturday, they updated the donation page to boost the fundraising goal to $100,000 as news spread about the damage done to the school and donations began to pour in. By this morning, the page had raised close to $50,000.
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Danielle Nadler, Loudoun Now