Donna Bohannon and Al Van Huyck were honored at the 23rd annual Loudoun History Awards on Sunday, November 9, for their contributions to preserving Loudoun’s past through collection of county documents and memorabilia, preservation of historic landmarks, visual arts, writing, and long-time commitment to local history organizations.
The first honoree, Donna Bohanon, has been a member of the Black History Committee of the Friends of the Thomas Balch Library since 2000, when it was founded. Over the years, Ms. Bohanon has made many contributions to documenting, preserving and promoting Loudoun County’s African American history. She worked with Loudoun County Public Schools on the remembrance event for the former Douglass Elementary School prior to its demolition and the permament exhibit on school desegregation in the new Frederick Douglass Elementary School. She has represented Loudoun County and the Black History Committee at numerous conference and seminars, most recently speaking on the topic of “Activating Interest in African American History” at the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s annual conference earlier this year. Through her efforts, Loudoun County’s African American history is a recognized and celebrated part of the County’s heritage. … Continue Reading