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Swastikas were spray-painted on a 19th-century black schoolhouse in Virginia

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A 19th-century school for African-American children in northern Virginia was vandalized Friday with swastikas and other offensive drawings and phrases.


The building, formally known as the Ashburn Colored School, was in the process of being rehabilitated by the Loudoun School for the Gifted as a way for its students to both learn about the history of their community and give back to it. The structure was the first African-American schoolhouse in Ashburn.

A restoration organization posted images of the vandalism to Facebook.

Donations to the rehabilitation project's GoFundMe page have poured in since the vandalism occurred.

Local police have not released information on possible suspects.

"The vandalism to the Old Ashburn School is reprehensible and will not be tolerated here in Loudoun County," said Sheriff Mike Chapman in a press release. "We will investigate all aspects of this case and will be working with our school resource officers to develop any leads."

Many online are spreading the donations page via social media. 

WJLA and Stephen Pimpo Jr. contributed to this report. 

(Title photo courtesy of Loudoun County School for the Gifted)

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