The Loudoun County Republican and Democratic committees have found a point of common ground in a contentious election year, jointly offering a $1,000 reward for information about the vandalism at the historic Ashburn Colored School.
The two committees announced in a press release that they are jointly offering the reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or people responsible for spray painting racist messages and swastikas on the school just as the Loudoun School for the Gifted has taken on the work of restoring the historic building.
The NAACP is organizing a rally on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the school to paint the building at 20579 Ashburn Road.
“Racism is a vile sin against God and man,” stated Will Estrada, chairman of the LCRC. “It has no place in our community, or anywhere for that matter.”
“This is a horrible act and we stand united with the NAACP, the LCRC and the leaders of our community in showing the rest of the county that racism is not tolerated here,” stated LCDC Chairman Marty Martinez.
Combined with a Loudoun Crime Solvers award, the total award for information about the vandals comes to $2,000.
The historic building was vandalized late Friday night or early Saturday morning. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, including work with school resource officers. Since the vandalism, the project’s GoFundMe page has seen a surge in giving, up to $43,895 of its $100,000 goal as of 8:42 p.m. Sunday.