ASHBURN, VA (WUSA9) - An historic schoolhouse was vandalized with offensive, racist and vulgar graffiti overnight Friday into Saturday, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said.
Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help to identify anyone who may have been involved.
The Old Ashburn Schoolhouse on Ashburn Road is a one-room building that was constructed in the 19th century to education African American children in northern Virginia.
Since 2014, the Loudoun School for the Gifted has been working to restore the dilapidated building.
"The vandalism to the Old Ashburn School is reprehensible and will not be tolerated here in Loudoun County," said Sheriff Mike Chapman. "We will investigate all aspects of this case and will be working with our school resource officers to develop any leads."
The Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall released a statement on her Facebook page that read, in part, “Now is the time for our county to rise above retaliation or revenge.”
“This is not Loudoun,” Randall also wrote.
To donate to the school's restoration project, click here.
Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to call the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information provided to Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.