At its Feb. 11 work session, the Town Council will discuss the future care and maintenance of the Sycolin Community Cemetery. In advance of the work session, the council is seeking input and ideas from any interested parties.
The Sycolin Community Cemetery is an African American burial ground located on town-owned property adjacent to the Leesburg Executive Airport. The cemetery was associated with the Lower Sycolin community, an African American community established in the 1870s, and with the Sycolin Union Church (today, the First Baptist Church Sycoline). The last burials took place in the late 1940s.
The town acquired the three parcels containing the cemetery in 1989 and 1990, using grant funding from the FAA to expand the Runway Protection Zone for the airport. The cemetery itself is not located within the Runway Protection Zone, but any improvements on the site are subject to aviation easements and require approval of the FAA.
Interested parties are encouraged to submit their interests, input, and ideas for the care and maintenance of the cemetery to the Town Council no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Submissions may be made via email to email@example.com, or may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Leesburg Town Hall at 25 W. Market St., Leesburg, VA, 20176.