Virginia with supporters

Virginia mixes with supporters

I was raised in Libertytown, Maryland, a small town in Frederick County, in the 1950s. My father was a welder by profession who worked for Bethlehem Steel Corporation, and my mother was a stay at home mom. She and my father had 7 children. They taught me that community is family, and that there are no alternatives to honesty or hard work. This philosophy of life has guided me until today.

I started school in the 1950s when schools were segregated. I lived directly across the road (Route 26) from Libertytown Elementary School. Because of segregation, it was illegal for me to attend the white public school across the road from my house. In those days, I had to attend the Colored or Negro school. This school was a little further away from my home. After schools were integrated, I was legally allowed to attend Libertytown Elementary School. I was among the first black students to integrate the school.

My commitment to our Rockville community began the year I arrived 26 years ago. It started in an Americana Center Association meeting. It was there that I met Estelle Berberian, a member of the Rockville Senior Citizens Commission. By year’s end, I had been appointed to that commission, the first of many rewarding commitments to our Rockville community. It has been my privilege to have served and led in our community. But I am not done. There is still much work ahead and many pressing issues in Rockville that would benefit from an experienced and committed hand. I look forward to working with you to getting it done in a way we are all proud of.

Authorized by Friends of Virginia Onley, George Franklin treasurer.