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Supervisors vote to support new memorials on Loudoun courthouse grounds

Loudoun’s Board of Supervisors tonight unanimously supported an endeavor to place a memorial to the county’s pre-Civil War enslaved on the grounds of the county courthouse in Leesburg.

Supervisors also endorsed the creation of a historical marker remembering soldiers from Loudoun who fought for the Union, as well as a plaque highlighting the area's underground railroad network.

The board voted to contribute up to $50,000 in public funds to help support the project.

The show of support comes near the end of a racially-charged summer across the nation and a crescendoing debate about the appropriateness of a 107-year-old Confederate soldier monument in the center of downtown Leesburg.

Regarding the new initiative to "balance the record," Supervisors voted to take a similar approach to the one the county took in aiding the development of a Revolutionary War statue. For that project, which is expected to be unveiled later this year, the county pledged $50,000, but the money is released only after the remaining funds needed have been raised.

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