Eagle Scout project: African American Burial Ground for Enslaved at Belmont

Eagle Scout project: African American Burial Ground for Enslaved at Belmont Eagle Scout project to construct a trail through the African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont so visitors can pay their respects.

Please sign up for the final workdays!Saturday July 7th 9am-6pmSunday July 8th 9am-6pmhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/40...
07/04/2018
SIGN-UP: Eagle Project for the African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont

Please sign up for the final workdays!
Saturday July 7th 9am-6pm
Sunday July 8th 9am-6pm
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44afab22a31-signup

Hello everyone,

In less than two weeks, the final two out of six workdays will take place for my Eagle Project to build a 400-foot trail at the African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont. It has been going really well so far and I wanted to share an update.

Over the first weekend (May 26th and May 27th) we used a Kubota tractor, a dirt tiller, and a ground compactor to dig up two inches of ground and create a firm embedded foundation for the trail.

The second weekend (June 9th and June 10th) we cut and laid out 800-feet of wooden pressure treated outdoor grade 4x4s along the trail. We then staked them into the ground with 1-foot metal stakes and sledgehammers.

Thank you to everyone that came out to help over the first two weekends!

The weekend of weekend July 7th and 8th is the final working weekend. We will be distributing 16-tons of gravel along the trail, as well as laying down stepping stones around the gravesites for better access.

If you are available the weekend of July 7th and 8th, please sign-up and come out to help! We are going to need all the help we can get. Please sign up through the signup genius linked below:

Signup, plus more details and information: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44afab22a31-signup

Thank you,

Mikaeel Martinez Jaka

Eagle Scout Candidate - Troop 163 and Crew 786
-Shark's Tooth Newsletter Editor
-Amangamek-Wipit LEC Member
-Arrowmen Press Corp Member
-Goose Creek OA Graphic Arts Committee Member

Hi everyone, Thank you for your support of my Eagle Project to install a 400-ft trail at the African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont to enable the community to visit and pay their respects at this sacred space. Together, we will support the Loudoun Freedom Center (who my project w...

06/22/2018

POSTPONED: June 23rd and June 24th Eagle Project Workdays

Due to inclement weather and out of respect for the African American Burial Ground, my Eagle Scout Project workdays for Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th are postponed.

Alternate weekends are now being scheduled and information will be sent out soon, so please stay tuned!

To everyone that was planning on volunteering this weekend: Thank you very much! Please make sure to check my sign-up genius soon for an updated schedule.

Please let others know.

This morning from 6:30am to 7:30am during the community D.C. segment, an interveiw with four youth activists and Volunte...
06/17/2018
Youth Volunteering & Its Impact | Community DC | 97.1 WASH-FM

This morning from 6:30am to 7:30am during the community D.C. segment, an interveiw with four youth activists and Volunteer Fairfax aired on iHeart Radio on the following stations:

97.1 WASH

BIG 100.3,

HOT 99-5

DC101

98.7 WMZQ

I was given the opportunity to speak about my Eagle Project and how the community has come together for such an important cause.

You can listen to it here on the website: https://washfm.iheart.com/featured/community-dc/content/2018-06-15-youth-volunteering-its-impact/

And remember - Our final two workdays to install 16 TONS of gravel are approaching June 23rd and 24th! Make sure to sign up as soon as possible, we need all the help we can get!

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44afab22a31-signup

Volunteer Fairfax
Loudoun Freedom Center
All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)
Naacp Loudoun

Virginia high school students talk about their recent volunteer projects, how their interest in volunteering began and the impact of volunteering on their futures.

06/05/2018

A little over a week ago, 34 volunteers came out on a Saturday morning to the African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont.

These people were part of the beginning of an effort to remember and heal. Their service has and will make a lasting difference in the community. Thank you!

Breaking ground for the Journey to Freedom Heritage Trail went amazingly well totaling 153 hours and 30 minutes over the weekend from 35 volunteers form different faith traditions and community groups! And this was just the first two of six workdays!

On Saturday we were visited by reporters form Loudoun Now and Loudoun Times.

The Loudoun Now article can be found here: http://loudounnow.com/2018/05/29/eagle-scout-project-expands-access-to-slave-burial-ground/

The Loudoun Times article (which was also in the printed newspaper) can be found here: https://www.loudountimes.com/news/preservation-from-the-next-generation-community-joins-together-for-eagle/article_c4690a80-6426-11e8-b0e5-27a0996ff590.html

I would like to thank all those volunteers that came to help kick off my Eagle Scout Project! It is very much appreciated.

However, last week was just the beginning. Plenty more work lies ahead, including this weekend, the second set of two workdays.

This weekend June 9th and 10th we will be cutting and installing 800 feet of 4x4 pressure treated lumber for the border of the trail. This is step 2 in the three part plan for the construction of the Journey to Freedom Heritage Trail at Belmont.

If you are available, please come out and help! The Sign-Up Genius for my project can be found here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44afab22a31-signup

I hope to see you there!

"People will be able to walk along the trail, see all of this rich history -- American history -- that we all need to re...
06/04/2018
Preservation from the next generation: Community joins together for Eagle Scout project at Belmont slave cemetery

"People will be able to walk along the trail, see all of this rich history -- American history -- that we all need to remember and definitely talk about more and pay our respects." [Mikaeel Martinez] Jaka said. "Because it's our duty as people living today to honor these people in the past that sacrificed everything to build the country."

"It's really a journey to bring the community together for this project, and I'm happy to be doing my part in this movement in this journey," Jaka said.

Loudouners of all ages and backgrounds joined together last weekend to move one step closer to preserving and promoting the county’s African-American history.

“It is really inspiring,” [Mikaeel Martinez] Jaka said. “This is a part of American history that is often forgotte...
06/02/2018
Eagle Scout Project Expands Access to Slave Burial Ground

“It is really inspiring,” [Mikaeel Martinez] Jaka said. “This is a part of American history that is often forgotten or ignored and it is really something that has to be brought to the conversation today. It is our duty living today to recognize and honor and give them the respect and dignity that they didn’t get but they deserve.”

Efforts to protect the African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont—and to better tell the stories of those interred there—are advancing thanks to the work of a Loudoun eagle scout candidate. On Saturday, Mikaeel Martinez Jaka was leading a team of 17 volunteers to begin constructi...

"Together, we must remember all those who sacrificed for our country," [Mikaeel Martinez] Jaka said. "All the enslaved A...
05/23/2018
Unknown no longer: Third annual Belmont Slave Cemetery event marks special occasion

"Together, we must remember all those who sacrificed for our country," [Mikaeel Martinez] Jaka said. "All the enslaved Africans sacrificed so much to build this country. Let us rededicate ourselves and honor them."

Jaka announced that as his Eagle Scout service project he plans to lead an effort with the Loudoun Freedom Center to make a permanent path from Belmont Ridge Road through the cemetery for visitors to come pay their respects to the enslaved.

In a county overflowing with history, annual celebrations can get lost in the fold. As years go by, these events become almost landmarks themselves — known by residents, beloved yet

Within only two weeks of starting fundraising, the $5,000 budget for my project was fully funded by the generous support...
05/06/2018
SIGN-UP: Eagle Project for the African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont

Within only two weeks of starting fundraising, the $5,000 budget for my project was fully funded by the generous support of many individual community members and local organizations like the Naacp Loudoun. But to understand how important this project is, I wanted to share this message from the supporter who personally contributed $2,000:

"My ancestors were slave traders in Loudoun County. I wish to make reparations."

You can see the message toward the bottom of the page here: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/belmontcemetery4

So now's time for us to start working. Please consider volunteering by signing up to help with construction of the trail at this link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44afab22a31-signup

We will be using:

*16 (sixteen) tons of gravel
*100 8-ft long 4x4 wood borders
*400 metal stakes
*400-ft long x 4-ft wide groundcloth
*100 stone pavers

Thank you for your consideration.

Hi everyone, Thank you for your support of my Eagle Project to install a 400-ft trail at the African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont to enable the community to visit and pay their respects at this sacred space. Together, we will support the Loudoun Freedom Center (who my project w...

Hi everyone!I am a Life Scout in Troop 163 and Crew 786 working on my Eagle Scout project. My plan is to construct a 400...
05/06/2018
SIGN-UP: Eagle Project for the African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont

Hi everyone!

I am a Life Scout in Troop 163 and Crew 786 working on my Eagle Scout project. My plan is to construct a 400-foot walking trail through the sacred African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont. I will also be laying down pavers near the graves to demarcate the area. My project will benefit the Loudoun Freedom Center.

Located at the southeast intersection of Belmont Ridge Road and Route 7 in Ashburn VA, the three-acre property was used by enslaved Africans of the Belmont plantation as a gathering place and as a burial ground. Constructing a walking trail through the cemetery will allow visitors to have access to an important part of American history and will allow people to pay their respects to the people buried there.

My goal is to uplift the cemetery as much as I can and to do my part in honoring those who sacrificed so much to build our country. Your support for this is greatly appreciated.

Thankfully, my project has been fully funded by the generous support of many individual community members, local organizations like the Naacp Loudoun, and in-kind support from local businesses including Shirley Contracting, Luck stone Quary, Loudoun Lumber Co Inc, and Browning Equipment.

So now it is time to start working. Please consider volunteering by signing up to help with construction of the trail at this link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44afab22a31-signup

We will be using:

*16 (sixteen) tons of gravel
*100 8-ft long 4x4 wood borders
*400 metal stakes
*400-ft long x 4-ft wide groundcloth
*100 stone pavers

Thank you for your consideration.

Mikaeel Martinez Jaka
Order of the Arrow, Brotherhood Honor
Goose Creek Chapter Vice-Chief
Editor, Amangamek-Wipit's Shark's Tooth newsletter

Hi everyone, Thank you for your support of my Eagle Project to install a 400-ft trail at the African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont to enable the community to visit and pay their respects at this sacred space. Together, we will support the Loudoun Freedom Center (who my project w...

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