Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation announced this evening a donation of $35,000 for the restoration of the historic Ashburn Colored School.
That pushes the project over its fundraising goal of $100,000. The donation is in response to vandalism of the one-room schoolhouse overnight Oct. 1. Five teens are being questioned after vandals spray-painting the building with racist and lewd messages.
The vandalism came 20 months after the small private school, Loudoun School for the Gifted, purchased the property and launched a fundraising campaign with the goal of restoring the schoolhouse and turning it into a museum on the history of education.
“We are extremely appreciative of the generosity of the Redskins,” Loudoun School for the Gifted founder Deep Sran stated. “The support we have received from the community in recent weeks has been truly extraordinary and it will help us to achieve our vision for this community resource much, much faster.”
Snyder’s donation joins a rush of giving in the wake of the vandalism. Those donations have pushed the restoration of the schoolhouse well ahead of schedule, and will help restore the exterior and interior of the historic structure, and furnish the old school within a year—a process that originally would have taken nearly three years to complete. In addition, the funds will help in the development of a museum of education at least five years ahead of schedule.
“The defacing of this historic African American structure was felt by the entire Loudoun community and came to the attention of the Washington Redskins team leadership,” said County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall. “They reached out to my office following the joint news conference and asked what they could do to help; when I learned that the organization planned to support the school, which is located less than two miles from Redskins Park, I was very grateful for their continued community support.”
The Redskins are headquartered in Loudoun County. A Redskins spokesperson declined to offer comment.