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Mildred Ann Clark Daye, Lee D. Stone and Horace Nelson Lassiter Honored at the 26th Annual Loudoun History Awards
Leesburg, VA (November 15, 2018) – Mildred Ann Clark Daye and Lee D. Stone were recipients of this year’s 26th annual Loudoun History Awards on Sunday, November 11. Both were honored for their contributions to preserving Loudoun’s past through collection of county documents and memorabilia, preservation of historic landmarks, visual arts, writing, and long-time commitment to local history organizations.
Mildred Ann Clark Daye was recognized for her many contributions to advocacy, preservation and documentation of African American history, customs and life in Loudoun County. The oldest of ten children, Daye grew up in Loudoun County where she attended segregated schools. She excelled as a student and fought against inequality and discrimination in the 1960s and 1970s before becoming the third African American to be hired as a telephone operator at the C&P telephone company in Leesburg. She has continued to be an active community member for the last 40 years and has donated over $20K in scholarships to the Loudoun Douglass Alumni Association in Leesburg. She is an active member of the Black History Committee, the Thomas Blach Library and Carver Alumni Association, among others. She has been a member of Providence Baptist Church for over 25 years and continues to be an advocate for equality for all people.
Lee D. Stone was recognized for his many contributions towards the research and documentation of Loudoun County’s role in the American Civil War. A 1969 graduate of Cornell University, with a bachelor’s degree in Government and a minor in American History, Stone earned his master’s in History before joining the United States Army until 1972. He currently lives in Loudoun County and serves as a national representative for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Lincoln-Cushing Camp, in Washington, D.C. In 2009, Stone began researching the Loudoun Rangers, including their military, pension, census and local records. Over the next several years, he compiled a unit roster, which was published in 2016. All proceeds go to Waterford Foundation. Stone has also continued to identify and photograph gravesite of Civial War veterans. There are more than 50 Union veterans buried in Loudoun, including 10 veterans of the U.S. Colored Troops. Each Memorial Day holiday, Stone visits local Union Civil War gravesites where he places a United States flag at each one.
Horace Nelson Lassiter was presented with a certificate of special recognition for preserving by oral dissemination Loudoun County’s African American history. Town Councilman Ron Campbell presented Lassiter with a certificate, which recognized Lassiter for more than 50 years of service in the Town of Leesburg. Born at the original Leesburg Hospital in 1935, Lassiter joined the United States Marines, where he learned to cut hair. He returned to Leesburg and opened his own business in 1968 where he retired in October 2018. Lassiter continues to be an active member of the Loudoun community.
About the Thomas Balch Library: Thomas Balch Library is a history and genealogy library owned and operated by the Town of Leesburg. A designated Underground Railroad research site, the Library’s collections focus on Loudoun County, regional and Virginia history, genealogy, military history with special emphasis on the American Civil War, and ethnic history. For more information, visit www.leesburgva.gov/ThomasBalchLibrary.
Leah Kosin, Public Information Assistant