Loudoun Freedom Center - Lansdowne City of Hope

Loudoun Freedom Center - Lansdowne City of Hope

From Pastor Michelle Thomas

The Loudoun Freedom has a historic opportunity to purchase 4.4 acres of the former Lee owned Coton Plantation (Lansdowne) and fully preserve and commemorate our shared heritage & the African American Journey to Freedom.

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The Loudoun Freedom Center Museum of African American History, Culture Community a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the founding of the 1st African American Museum & Research Institution in Loudoun County, the Landsdown City of Hope. We invite individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations to join us in this historic endeavor that will impact the nation for generations to come. There are many ways you can support this watershed moment in the national discussion about race and the vital role African Americans have played in the American story. Become ambassador today and help mission and dream of Loudoun Freedom Center by providing a financial commitment to build the "Lansdowne City Of Hope".

Your generous donation to the Loudoun Freedom Center will bring us one step closer to obtaining the historic multi-purpose site devoted exclusively to building the "Lansdowne City Of Hope". Our mixed-use site will include:

  • LFC Visitor & Research Center
  • LFC Museum of History, Culture & Community
  • Holy & Whole Worship Center
  • STEM Preschool
  • Recreation & Wellness Center

Dedicated to battling injustice and engendering hope through historic preservation and STEM initiatives, the Loudoun Freedom Center will be public institution open to all, where everyone is welcome to participate, collaborate, and learn more about African American history, culture, communities and our shared experiences in Loudoun County.

One of the greatest achievements for Loudoun Freedom Center founder, Pastor Michelle C. Thomas, has been her re-discovery and reclamation of the African American Burial Ground For the Enslaved at Belmont (Formerly The Belmont Slave Cemetery). In January 2016, Pastor Michelle became the first African American woman to be appointed to the Loudoun County Heritage Commission. Thomas said while African Americans represented nearly 30% of the population in Loudoun County in 1800, we only represent almost 8% of the population today. Where did we go? Why did we go and where is the proof of our existence and contributions to building the richest county in the nation.

The re-discovery, preservation reclamation of African American Heritage sites by descendant communities, allows us to deeply explore what it means to be an American and share how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in the African American experience throughout history, culture communities. “These important African American Heritage Sites of Loudoun, that we are blessed to preserve offers a more accurate, verifiable in the documentation and re-telling of ancestral stories, which will forever be apart of our shared history. African-American history is American history,” ~ Pastor Michelle C. Thomas

Your generous donations will help the Loudoun Freedom Center provide an opportunity for those who are interested in African American culture to explore and revel in Loudoun's rich history through interactive exhibitions, Journey To Freedom Sights & Sounds Tours, film screenings, book discussions, concerts, symposiums, and staged readings focused upon a range of subjects. We will also produce programs based on African American culinary traditions, culture as well as agriculture, archaeology, anthropology and visual arts.

Become Member - Support the LFC each year, plus receive special member benefits. Give Monthly - Join our LFC Sustainer ProgramDonate Online - Ensure the Loudoun Freedom Center's vision continues to move forward.Give a gift in Honor or Memory of - Remember and honor a loved one Donate By Mail - 19309 Winmeade Drive #307 Lansdowne, Va. 20176 Donate Collections - Share your history/story with the world.Thank you for your support, Pastor Michelle C.ThomasLoudoun Freedom Center, Founder & President

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