This blog introduces the Conklin Village Project, a history developed by Larry Roeder at the request of the Prosperity Baptist Church in Conklin Village, Loudoun County, and in cooperation with the Edwin Washington Project and the Black History Committee of the Friends of the Balch Library, Leesburg, Virginia. The history is intended to honor the pioneers of the Conklin area of Loudoun County, their descendants and the many generations of members of Prosperity, especially African-Americans, as well as the white population described in (Volume 7). See Conklin Briefing provided to the history club at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School. We welcome comments by anyone on our research, especially by people who have lived in Loudoun for a long time.
By the Fall of 2014, the plan was to volumes of research on this site, with links on this page and elsewhere on the website. The project was expanded in 2015 when more original documents were discovered and in 2017 became an official partner with the Edwin Washington Project, a 501(c)(3).
Many original documents were used, especially in the archives of the Prosperity Baptist Church in Conklin, the Loudoun County Circuit Court Archives in Leesburg, the Library of Virginia in Richmond and the archives of the Loudoun County School system in Round Hill, Virginia. Original photographs by Mr. Roeder and former residents of Conklin were also used. Digital copies are retained in an archive at the Prosperity Baptist Church and the Balch Library. Interviews are also a strong feature. We invite anyone who lived in Conklin or who attended the Conklin Colored School or other schools in the area to share memories with us and especially help us correct any errors.