‘Dirt Don’t Burn’ November 10th


“Dirt Don’t Burn: A Community Celebration for Equal Education Between the End of the Civil War and 1968” will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 10th, at Douglass School.

For decades, Loudoun County lost many of its school records for the period from the Civil War to integration. Then they were found in an abandoned school house.  For two years, the Edwin Washington Project has been studying these records. What they reveal is a courageous struggle by both white and African-American families to give their children a great education. 

Come hear the stories and music of the times, the later performed by three different Loudoun schools and private performers. This educational and fun event also includes opportunities to sit at tables and share stories with people who went to school before integration.

This event takes its name from an occurrence in the 1950s. A teacher complained one cold winter that she had run out of wood and coal to heat her school house, finally remarking to the superintendent that she could not burn dirt. She received her coal, demonstrating both the tenacity of teachers during segregation to serve their pupils and the inequity of basic resources.

For questions about “Dirt Don’t Burn,” go to www.edwinwashingtonproject.org or email Larry Roeder at edwinwashington2018@gmail.com.

Douglass School is located at 407 East Market St., Leesburg.  Attendance and parking is free.

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