Lloyd Curtis, former resident of Waterford, VA.
Contribute to the Lantern Light Fund and shine a light on Waterford’s African American Heritage. Waterford’s unique history must be preserved and shared. Some facts about African-Americans in Waterford and our efforts to preserve this history...
- Prior to the Civil War Waterford was the home of the largest free black population in Loudoun County.
- African-Americans made up a quarter of Waterford’s households for more than 150 years.
- Before emancipation, free and enslaved blacks lived side by side
- Segregation existed in schools, churches, and the cemetery, while homes and business were integrated.
- Today, the village retains several architectural treasures related to the African-American community, including a one-room school and the John Wesley Community Church.
- Restoration & maintenance of the John Wesley Community Church
- Restoration & maintenance of the Second Street School.
- Operating the Second Street School Living History Program, (offered at no cost to regional elementary schools since 1984).
- Preservation of artifacts from the African American community
- Educational outreach including exhibits, publications, and programs.