Contact

The project is blessed to have many volunteers, with a wide range of skills and backgrounds.

The Principal Investigator(*) is Larry Roeder, MS.  Email is roeder@edwinwashingtonproject.org.  This is the main contact email.

Anthony Arciero:  PhD Candidate in Education, George Mason University.  Deputy Head of the Project and member of the Board of Director of Diversity and Equality Fairs.

Patricia Dean:   Helps explain the experience of former students at Conklin.

Delores Grigsby:   Mrs. Grigsby is in charge of processing petitions written in the 19th and early 20th century by African-Americans.

David Prebich:  Mr. Prebich is in charge of processing petitions written in the 19th and early 20th century by white citizens.

Gertrude Evans:  member of the Black History Committee and conducts transcription projects aimed at identifying who studied and taught at “colored” schools.

Maddy Gold,  Chief Cartographer, formerly with the B.L.M., Bureau of Land Management. Ms. Gold is developing an on-line map showing former schools and transportation routes.

Julie Goforth, manages our web presence and digital preservation efforts.  Formerly employed by the Smithsonian, the Waterford Fair and Oatlands Plantation.

Sharon Knipmeyer, Loudoun School for the Gifted.  Partners with the project on Ashburn Colored School and the treatment of gifted children.

Doug Miller:  Vice President, AOL, Chairman of the Board, Oatlands Plantation and member of the Board of Directors, Diversity and Equality Fairs.

Kathy Reid:  Manages research projects on libraries and the role of teachers in religion.

Hari Sharma:  Professional accountant, Treasurer for Diversity and Equality Fairs, and member of the Board of Directors.

Dorothy Washington,  member of the Black History Committee and conducts transcription projects aimed at identifying who studied and taught at “colored” schools.

(*)  The phrase  Principal Investigator is also often used as a synonym for “head of the laboratory” or “research group leader.”

 

4 Responses to Contact

  1. Dorothy Carpenter says:

    So happy to hear of this project. I have a certificate of promotion given to me by Mrs. Lola Jackson, a teacher for many years in the old Ashburn school.
    I am now a retired teacher living in Reston Va.

    Dorothy Carpenter 703-707 0349

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    • Conklin Fan says:

      Please share with us what it was like in the segregated system. Any interesting stories would be useful. At Ashburn, what did kids do for lunch, for example. Where was the toilet? Was water provided in a bucket or in a more modern device? Was the school heated with coal or wood, or both and where was that stored? What color were the inside walls? Was the floor bare wood or painted? Was there an American flag inside or outside? Where did kids conduct sports and what kind were they? Could you send us a jpg of the certificate?

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    • Conklin Fan says:

      Thanks for this message. For some reason, it did not appear visible to us right away. What a great story you have told. Would you be interested in becoming a volunteer? Some people volunteer from home, helping us transcribe records that are scanned and emailed to them. We would also welcome a visit by you. Write to roeder@edwinwashingtonproject.org

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  2. Conklin Fan says:

    Dorothy, I’ll try to call you on wednesday. I received a voice message from someone who said she is you; but the number didn’t work.

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