Religious leaders gathered at the Belmont slave cemetery Sunday afternoon to remember the men and women who lived in captivity in Loudoun County.
The Loudoun Freedom Center wreath-laying ceremony honored the enslaved communities of the former Coton and Belmont plantations.
Leaders of local churches spoke, as well as about 20 kids, who read the names of some of the men and women buried at the site.
Members of the Loudoun Freedom Center have said that the construction of the Rt. 7/Belmont Ridge Road interchange has encroached on the sacred site. County government leaders said they have taken measures to ensure that the cemetery is protected for the duration of the construction project.