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[VA] Windows on the Past of 'Black Middleburg'
Windows on the Past of 'Black Middleburg'
Loudoun Village Was Founded on Freedom and Horses
Where We Live: Windows on the Past of 'Black Middleburg'
Bland, 77, was born in nearby Upperville, the great-grandson, he believes, of Robert E. Lee; a framed picture of his grandfather displayed in his living room shows a dapper, fair-skinned man.
Bland moved to St. Louis in the 1950s to work as an exercise rider and a jockey at a large horse facility, which became Paul Mellon's Middleburg Training Track. Almost all the grooms at the track were black then, he said. In fact, so many residents of St. Louis once made their living working with horses that the village was known as the "black Middleburg."