Belmont Slave Cemetery Wreath Laying Ceremony & Walking Tour
LANSDOWNE, VA, Sunday, OCTOBER 8, 2017 @ 2pm –
The Loudoun Freedom Foundation will lead a group of local Pastors, Community Leaders, Historians, Elected Officials, Sudents, and History Lovers from across the DMV region on a walking tour that will culminate in the 3rd Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Belmont Slave Cemetery.
From exclusive slave plantations to exquisite golf course communities, Loudoun County is home to over 50+ endangered African American historic communities. Join us for an afternoon of re-discovery and reflection, as we explore the “forgotten” history of two of Loudoun’s most prestigious golf course communities (formerly Coton & Belmont Plantation).
The historic 90 minute chronological walk between the two former plantations, will trace the steps and stops of Loudoun’s enslaved community and culminate with the dedication of the Loudoun African Burial Ground at Belmont. Historic markers will illustrate the African American experience dating back from pre-Civil War, to the reclamation and re-dedication of the largest slave cemetery in Loudoun County.
Loudoun’s African American History, Communities, Sacred sites, and Cultural artifacts are important National Treasures that must be Preserved, Protected, Memorialized, Studied and Celebrated. The Loudoun Freedom Center is committed to the honoring lives and contributions of the historic African American communities in Loudoun and connecting future generations with the rich history that remains hidden in plain sight.
The Loudoun Freedom Foundation exists to celebrate powerful moments in Loudoun’s African American history, culture and community, while eliminating injustice and engendering hope, understanding and reconciliation through historical preservation and cultural education and STEM research. Through the study of anthropology, genetics, and genealogy, we will use data to bridge the gap between African American oral history and science, revealing a more accurate lens of viewing the experiences of the Journey to Freedom in Loudoun.