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Leesburg Town Council Seeks Public Input on Care and Maintenance of Sycolin Community Cemetery

Council will discuss plans for the cemetery at their February 11 work session.

Post Date:01/09/2019 9:31 AM

Leesburg, VA (January 9, 2019) – At their February 11, 2019, work session, the Leesburg Town Council will discuss the future care and maintenance of the Sycolin Community Cemetery. In advance of the work session, the Town Council is seeking input and ideas from any interested parties.

The Sycolin Community Cemetery is an historic African American cemetery located on Town-owned property adjacent to the Leesburg Executive Airport. The cemetery was associated with the Lower Sycolin community, an African American community established in the 1870s, and with the Sycolin Union Church (today, the First Baptist Church Sycoline). The last burials took place in the late 1940s. 

The Town acquired the three parcels containing the cemetery in 1989 and 1990, using grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to expand the runway protection zone for the Leesburg Executive Airport. The cemetery itself is not located within the runway protection zone, but any improvements on the site are subject to avigation easements and require approval of the FAA.  

Interested parties are encouraged to submit their interests, input, and ideas for the care and maintenance of the cemetery to the Leesburg Town Council no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019. Submissions may be made via email to, or may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Leesburg Town Hall at 25 W Market St, Leesburg, VA, 20176. 

Media Contact:
Betsy Arnett
Public Information Officer

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