The Edwin Washington Project

Documenting the history of pre-integration schools in Loudoun County, Virginia. By appointment only. Just make an appointment.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit working with LCPS and local history associations and libraries. We operate a "research library" exploring the impact of segregated education in Loudoun from 1846 to 1968, the main focus being on the African-American Community. We also have a more general interest in the development of "country schools," and are a member of the Country School Association of America

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06/04/2024

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04/12/2024

I'd like to personally invite you and your friends to attend an event my organization (the Edwin Washington Society) and the Loudoun Douglass Alumni Association are hosting, a discussion on the importance of Brown vs Board of Education and the role of the judiciary protecting civil rights.

Saturday 13 April 2024 2pm to 5pm. Historic Douglass High School, 407 E. Market Street, Leesburg, Va. 20176

There has been much in the news for the last several years about the courts. This event will be a great opportunity for regular citizens to mix with attorneys and constitutional scholars. It's my belief that this kind of conversation should happen more often. Citizens should become more familiar with the methods judges use to interpret the Constitution, and lawyers and politicians should become more aware of the views and needs of citizens. I hope you and your friends will attend. The event is free. Both the Edwin Washington Society that I lead and the Loudoun Douglass Alumni Association are non-partisan, so this is not geared towards supporting any particular party or candidate for office.


Attendance is open to the public, but please RSVP to [email protected].

Parking is also free. Enter through the historic front door.

Panel Members:

Chair: Lisa O’Donnell, Past President, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, also former attorney for Allen Iverson and Michael Vick.

• Larry Roeder and Barry Harrelson, co-authors of Dirt Don’t Burn,

• Christopher Brown, Civil Rights Attorney, Alexandria,

• Danielle Wingfield, JD, PhD, Assist Professor of Law, Univ. of Richmond School of Law,

• Pastor Michelle Thomas, President, Loudoun Chapter of the NAACP,

• Charles Avery, President, Loudoun Douglass Alumni Association,

• Nathan Bailey, Edwin Washington Project volunteer researcher on LCPS school transportation from segregation through desegregation.

Co-sponsored by the Edwin Washington Society and the Loudoun Douglass Alumni Association.

04/03/2024

Just a reminder about the discussion on 13 April 2024 2pm to 5pm. Historic Douglass High School, 407 E. Market Street, Leesburg, Va. 20176. Attendance is free.

Learn about the role of Brown vs Board of Education and the role of the judiciary in protecting or restricting rights, and your duty as a citizen to learn and speak up.

Panel Members:

Chair: Lisa O’Donnell, Past President, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, also former attorney for Allen Iverson and Michael Vick.
• Larry Roeder and Barry Harrelson, co-authors of Dirt Don’t Burn,
• Christopher Brown, Civil Rights Attorney, Alexandria,
• Danielle Wingfield, JD, PhD, Assist Professor of Law, Univ. of Richmond School of Law,
• Pastor Michelle Thomas, President, Loudoun Chapter of the NAACP,
• Charles Avery, President, Loudoun Douglass Alumni Association,
• Nathan Bailey, Edwin Washington Project volunteer researcher on LCPS school transportation from segregation through desegregation.

Co-sponsored by the Loudoun Douglass Alumni Association and
the Edwin Washington Society.

04/03/2024

Learn about the role of Brown vs Board of Education and the role of the judiciary in protecting or restricting rights, and your duty as a citizen to learn and speak up.

Panel Members:

Chair: Lisa O’Donnell, Past President, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, also former attorney for Allen Iverson and Michael Vick.
• Larry Roeder and Barry Harrelson, co-authors of Dirt Don’t Burn,
• Christopher Brown, Civil Rights Attorney, Alexandria,
• Danielle Wingfield, JD, PhD, Assist Professor of Law, Univ. of Richmond School of Law,
• Pastor Michelle Thomas, President, Loudoun Chapter of the NAACP,
• Charles Avery, President, Loudoun Douglass Alumni Association,
• Nathan Bailey, Edwin Washington Project volunteer researcher on LCPS school transportation from segregation through desegregation.

Co-sponsored by the Loudoun Douglass Alumni Association and
the Edwin Washington Society.

Dirt Don't Burn 03/28/2024

On Wednesday, copies of Dirt Don't Burn will be sent by Georgetown University Press to the 32 members of the Virginia Black Caucus in Richmond. (House of Delegates and Senate).

This is the first major study of the impact of segregation in Loudoun and is just part of our effort at the Edwin Washington Society to spread the word about the heroic efforts of the local Black community during segregation. Call it an investment in truth-telling. We are also arranging to brief the caucus in the next session to continue our effort to get the word out throughout Virginia. We also want to do the same in the US House and Senate. Need to raise some funds for that investment.

In June we will be speaking on the book at the annual conference of the Country School Association of America. Present will be professors and museum experts from across the country.

Dirt Don't Burn This inspiring, true story of a Black community sheds new light on the history of segregation and inequity in American educationThe system of educational apartheid that existed in the United States until the Brown v. Board of Education decision and its aftermath has affected every aspect of life for...

Photos from The Edwin Washington Project's post 03/24/2024

Yesterday's tour of public school teachers.

03/10/2024

Put on your Calendar Novemebr 14: The Library of Virginia will feature Dirt Don't Burn in the 2024 Carole Weinstein Author Series! Free and open to the public, the series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia.

Held in Lecture Hall in Richmond from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the talks include Q&A sessions and book signings with the authors. Learn more & register: https://lnkd.in/eSvqD8uK.

📚 Nov. 14: Larry Roeder & Barry Harrelson | Dirt Don't Burn: A Black Community's Struggle for Educational Equality Under Segregation. The first serious study of the impact of segregated education on the Blacks of Loudoun County. The Edwin Washington Society, in partnership with Georgetown University Press, is telling the story of Loudoun's heroic struggle for equality across the state and the nation.

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$1,000 Dirt Don’t Burn Black History essay Contest
The Edwin Washington Society and the Loudoun Douglass Alumni Association are offering an essay prize. Invited are public school students in grades 8-12.
The topic of the contest essay must be on Black history and based on research involving the content of Dirt Don't Burn or the material in the Edwin Washington Archives.
The length of articles must be between 3000 – 6000 characters.
Bibliographic citations should use Chicago for endnotes. Each page should be double-spaced and have a header and pagination.
The Edwin Washington Society will help students with research.
Dirt Don’t Burn is available on Amazon.com
Submit in electronic format by 1 August 2024 in Word for Windows.
PRIZES AWARDED IN SEPTEMBER 2024
$600 for First Prize. $400 for second prize.
Winning essays will be published on the Edwin Washington website
www.edwinwashingtonproject.org
and in the Bulletin of Loudoun County History.
Send submissions to:
[email protected]
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Home · Edwin Washington Project · Edwin Washington Project The Edwin Washington Project began when Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) recovered thousands of lost records covering the time period from 1864 to 1968 that were almost burned. LCPS asked local historian, Larry Roeder, who had previously documented the village of Conklin, to document these recor...

03/06/2024
Photos from The Edwin Washington Project's post 03/05/2024

Lectured to about 80 teachers today in three sessions on Black History.

02/25/2024

My long-time friend Jennifer Boysko likes my book Dirt Dont Burn, the first serious study of discriminatory education practices against African Americans in Loudoun. Buy it on Amazon.

02/25/2024

Many of our files are stored in a secure vault at LCPS.

02/25/2024

Commemorative Committee organizations including the Edwin Washington Society on the far right side.

02/21/2024

THE IMPACT OF BROWN VS BOARD, TODAY
Rewards and Risks
Dirt Don’t Burn Discussion Series
13 April 2024 2pm to 5pm.
Historic Douglass High School,
407 E. Market Street, Leesburg, Va. 20176

Attendance is open to the public, but please RSVP to [email protected].
Parking is also free. Enter through the historic front door.

A Functioning Democracy Depends On An Educated Citizenry.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. WE INVITE YOU TO LEARN FROM THE PANEL BELOW. This EVENT IS RECOMMENDED FOR STUDENTS AND ALL CITIZENS.
Learn about the role of Brown vs Board of Education and the role of the judiciary in protecting or restricting rights, and your duty as a citizen to learn and speak up.

Panel Members:

Chair: Lisa O’Donnell, Past President, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, also former attorney for Allen Iverson and Michael Vick.
• Larry Roeder and Barry Harrelson, co-authors of Dirt Don’t Burn,
• Christopher Brown, Civil Rights Attorney, Alexandria,
• Danielle Wingfield, JD, PhD, Assist Professor of Law, Univ. of Richmond School of Law,
• Pastor Michelle Thomas, President, Loudoun Chapter of the NAACP,
• Charles Avery, President, Loudoun Douglass Alumni Association,
• Nathan Bailey, Edwin Washington Project volunteer researcher on LCPS school transportation from segregation through desegregation.

Co-sponsored by the Edwin Washington Society and
the Loudoun Douglasss Alumni Association.

Jim Crow Blues- Leadbelly 02/20/2024

Lest we forget.

Jim Crow Blues- Leadbelly This is a protest song from the 1930's written and preformed by the great blues musician Leadbelly. For those who do not know, the Jim Crow Laws where laws t...

Country School Association of America 02/17/2024

Following a blind, peer-review process, our proposal, to present a discussion on our book Dirt Don't Burn: The Story of Segregated
Education in Loudoun County, Virginia, has been ACCEPTED for the annual Country School Association of America being held in Toledo, OH on June 9 - 12, 2024. This is part of our effort to make sure that the brave story of Black determination for equality in Loudoun gets a national audience.

Country School Association of America CSAA Brochure

Photos from The Edwin Washington Project's post 02/14/2024

We recently gained access to microfilm versions of old blueprints and plats of school properties from 1926 to 1941. The set is not complete; but Neil Steinberg is scanning them and once his effort is done, they will be made available to researchers th rough the Edwin Washington Project. We expect to access more. Here is a sample, the 1926 front and rear elevations of the Lincoln High School Building. FYI: A discussion of the 1926 dispute on Lincoln High School between Lincoln and Purcellville is included in the 2023-2024 Edition of the Bulletin of Loudoun County History, which can be obtained on Amazon for only $10. https://www.amazon.com/Bulletin-Loudoun-County-History-2023-2024/dp/B0CNLGTYBM/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2XE2XR96UY03Z&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.WzVcnTyqx52NNdVX654GrfMcorEWEovNsohNVkuXs-yE056sk64ExLX5wU-GhIBzEhZHnOKBr8qxqWsCC1J77UGVfCJxaPz88yZeMdP5c90rfT3NfY3mv4p0QNep7feLIfJA8_5lyqlCe0Dl3V7sQg.0od71fBc5JE1FuTWgIjlC0-0togPe3i5Z3Bs0Tl06cE&dib_tag=se&keywords=bulletin+of+loudoun+county+history&qid=1707933343&sprefix=bulletin+of+loudoun+county+history%2Caps%2C83&sr=8-1

01/02/2024

Went to work today at Douglass. Was evacuated due to gas leak. Building is surrounded by fire trucks and ambulances

12/09/2023

Barry Harrelson and Larry Roeder at the Loudoun Museum discussing Dirt Don't Burn, the first major study of the impact f segregation on Black education in Loudoun.

12/03/2023

Last night's book signing by Larry Roeder and Barry Harrelson of Dirt Don't Burn went quite well and was packed. Thanks to Gladys Burke, Mayor Kelly Burk, Leesburg, Charles Avery and so many others. Great Jazz performed by Loudoun Jazz society. We received this morning emails from some people who could not attend last night. Larry Roeder will be at the historical Douglass H S Building in Leesburg on Thursday, December 7th from 10am to 3pm, if you want to buy signed copies. Same discounted price of $25. Come to 407 East Market Street, Leesburg. We are the second door on the left, past the receptionist in the auditorium entrance.

Bulletin of Loudoun County History 2023-2024 Edition 11/18/2023

The 2023/24 Edition of the Bulletin of Loudoun County History is now on sale at Amazon. We will also deposit a copy at Balch and other libraries.

1. Isaiah Allen’s Life After Escaping Slavery, by Paul McCray.
2. The 1926 Dispute to Replace Lincoln High School, by Larry Roeder.
3. Flatwoods: A Black-Belt Study, by Mary A.E. Pen*ston, Loudoun's first Black supervisor of teachers.
4. Preliminary Research of the Digges' Valley Farm Ruins, by Kathleen Adams. A project of the Historical Archaeology and Digital History Courses at Northern Virginia Community College.
5. The Brown Hyman Book, by Christine Allen. A collection of nearly lost hymns from the Depression era.

Bulletin of Loudoun County History 2023-2024 Edition Bulletin of Loudoun County History 2023-2024 Edition

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