New Exhibit Tells the Story of Loudoun’s Black Communities

Leesburg, VA (January 8, 2024) – A new exhibit, “Preserving the History of Loudoun’s Black Communities – A Preservation Equity Initiative”, from the Black History Committee (BHC), Friends of the Thomas Balch Library, is on display in the Mercer Room at Thomas Balch Library during the month of January.

In 2020, the BHC began the Preservation Equity Initiative to continue its mission to capture and share Loudoun’s black communities’ story, in partnership with community leaders and other social, civic, and educational organizations committed to historic preservation.

The exhibit will feature the communities of St. Louis, Mt. Pleasant, and Willard and is viewable during the library’s operating hours: Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 703-737-7195 or email

The BHC has worked to preserve Loudoun’s black history for the last 24 years by collecting photographs, artifacts, conducting oral histories, published books, developed presentations, and an award-winning bus tour. Learn more here