LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. — Officials in Loudoun County are investigating after a historic schoolhouse in Ashburn was tagged with racist graffiti yesterday.
The schoolhouse is an historic one-room building that once educated African-American children in the 1800’s, and is currently undergoing restoration. It was once called the Ashburn Colored School and is now referred to as the Old Ashburn School.
The graffiti included vulgar images, racist language and swastikas.
“Now is the time for our County to rise above retaliation or revenge,” said Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall in a Facebook message. “We will let our law enforcement do their jobs and complete the investigation and as a county we will send a message that this behavior is neither welcomed or tolerated in Loudoun. This is not Loudoun.”
The sheriff’s office is investigating all leads at this time. The county sheriff himself, Mike Chapman, called the vandalism “reprehensible” and said it will not be tolerated.
Officials are asking that anyone with information about the vandalism call the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at (703) 777-1021. Anonymous callers can call (703) 777-1919. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered to callers who provide information leading to an arrest and indictment.