March 14 Forum Planned on Lynching Memorials

A panel discussion on plans to erect historical markers at the site of three lynchings that occurred in Loudoun County between 1880 and 1902 will be held Thursday, March 14 at the Douglass School.

The program was organized by students pursuing master’s degrees at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.

The panel will feature past Loudoun NACCP President Phillip Thompson, current Loudoun NAACP President Pastor Michelle Thompson, members of the Black History Committee, local leaders and residents who will discuss the history of the lynchings and the importance of remembering the victims—Page Wallace, Orion Anderson, and Charles Craven.

The students—Tanja Thompson, Jordan Mrvos, Bethany Holland, and Audrey Williams—are learning facilitation techniques and how to guide facilitated discussions on sensitive issues with groups and audiences with varied viewpoints and life experiences.

Learn more at by searching for “Loudoun County Lynching Memorial Discussion.”


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