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Loudoun Freedom Center to host second Black History Expo Saturday

The Loudoun Freedom Center is hosting its second annual Black History Expo this Saturday at the Cascades Overlook event center in Sterling.

This year's expo is centered around honoring the past, embracing the present and inspiring the future. The free, family-friendly event will feature presentations including Loudoun’s first African-American history harvest, “I am Loudoun Digitization Project,” local exhibits, local artist, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, local historians, archaeologists, entertainment and local vendors.

The digitization project will be available throughout the expo, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Loudoun Freedom Center invites Loudoun residents with ties to the county's historic African-American communities to bring family photos, documents and artifacts to be digitized and added to an online map.

The county keeps a map of historic African-American communities. With this initiative, the Loudoun Freedom Center hopes to add faces to the history. The long-term project will be launched at the expo.

"We'll need a lot of help. This is something we can work on together as a community," Loudoun Freedom Center Founder Michelle Thomas said. "I've wanted to make this a community program, not just a Loudoun Freedom Center program."

In addition to the digitalization project, art and break-out sessions, the expo will also offer an hour-long program on African-Americans in times of war.


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