Katherine Gibson was born in 1909 and at ninety-five, was the oldest surviving member of the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church at the time of our interview in 2004. She was one of the last officers of the Loudoun County Emancipation Association in Purcellville before it dissolved in the late 1960’s.
Mr. Lucas was raised in the Lincoln area and was a former student at the Lincoln School B. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany and England during World War II. He joined the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Lincoln in 1946 and became an ordained deacon in 1974. Mackley Lucas was an entrepreneur and wanted to work for himself. He ran the Lucas Cab Co. for 16 years while also working for the Loudoun Milk Transportation Company in Purcellville. He drove the milk truck for 15 years and was the first driver in Loudoun County to pick up milk with a tanker. During this time, he also founded the Lucas & Chinn Refuge Service, which he operated for 23 years until his retirement.
Basham Simms, a Purcellville resident and brickmason, was born on January 5, 1924. A community leader, Mr. Simms was one of the first two African Americans to hold elected office in Loudoun County. Voted onto the Purcellville town council in 1967, he served for 27 years and was also Vice Mayor. The Basham Simms Wastewater Facility on 21st street in Purcellville is named for him. Mr. Simms died on March 31, 2006 at age 82 and is buried in the shared Mt. Olive Baptist/Grace Methodist Episcopal Church cemetery in Lincoln.