In 2015, the Prosperity Baptist Church, Wynne Saffer and Larry Roeder helped the History Club of the J. Michael Lunsford Middle School in South Riding develop an understanding of the history of Conklin, especially the African-American context.
The kids were exposed to artifacts from Conklin displayed by the Dean family, descendants of enslaved Americans, and also listened to lectures. Some also attended cemetery tours led by Mr. Roeder. Based on that, the kids also made a wonderful mural, and created a research paper as well as a model of the Settle-Dean Cabin. To recognize their efforts, Esther Dean, Pastor Carlos Lawson of Prosperity Baptist Church and Donna Bohanon, Chair of the Black History Committee, Friends of the Balch Library and Larry Roeder presented awards on March 20, 2015 on behalf of the BHC and the Prosperity Baptist Church.
On Thursday on the 18th February, 2016 at 6pm the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors also honored the History Club and those who assisted them on the Conklin Village Project. Attending were students, parents, teachers, Larry Roeder, Phyllis Randall, Chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, the reset of the Supervisors and Nellie Dean, aged 99 and a descendant of Jenny Dean, a formerly enslaved evangelist who helped start Prosperity and education to Conklin and Loudoun.
Proclamation by the Board of Supervisors of Loudoun County on the Conklin Village Project. Proclamation on the Conklin Village Project.