The Conklin Colored School in 1940, with shed shown at rear. Conklin was a one story, detached, frame building with metal roof, on stone foundation, containing only one room. It was heated by a stove, the flue of which was of standard construction. The size was 18’x28′ and in 1940, when it was insured for $500, considered in in good condition.
For more information, see Vol 2: Conklin Colored School, part of a m,ulti volume history fo the Village. The volume rovides the reader a view of the educational experience offered African-American students in Conklin. It also honors the work of the educators. Conklin was in operation from 1871 to 1953.
There is also a lot of information on the evolution of public education in general for African-Americans and Whites throughout Loudoun and Virginia. When known, we have also listed the courses offered and which were not, as well as which students took the courses. To do this, we mainly used personal interviews as well as lists provided by the Loudoun County School Archives, the Loudoun County Circuit Court Archives, original records in the Library of Virginia as well as the personal papers of various Virginia Superintendents of Public Instruction and contemporary comments by African American instructors. Additional information is found on the Edwin Washington Project site.
We want to thank Pastor Carlos Lawson of the Prosperity Baptist Church, who commissioned the study, as well as the Balch Library, Wynne Saffer and Eugene Scheel, the reference staff of the Library of Virginia in Richmond and Brent Tarter, a founding editor of the Library of Virginia’s multi-volume Dictionary of Virginia Biography and senior editor in the Division of Publications and Educational Services at the Library of Virginia. We also want to recommend Wynne Saffer’s excellent Loudoun Votes 1867-1966, A Civil War Legacy.
Jimmy Dean, former Conklin Student, with his step-daughter.
Loudoun County has a long tradition of considering petitions from citizens, especially in the school system. A sampling of those related to Conklin are linked to the Conklin Petition Page.