Articles and Essays

Possible New Miniseries on the book, I Cannot Tell A Lie?

In the late 1940s, scattered rumors began to reverberate across the country that George Washington had fathered a son, West Ford, with a slave named Venus.... Read more...

Below is the Last Will and Testament of Hannah Bushrod, wife of John Augustine Washington, brother of George Washington (from private papers of LABH).  Hannah lived on the Bushfield Plantation where West and Venus (mother of West) were slaves. Mentions of West Ford and Venus and Jenny (Venus' mother) and Billey (Jenny's husband) are mentioned in bold. 

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by Linda Allen B. Hollis

From the time humans first recognized their capacity to pass on characteristics to their offspring, they have wrestled with the puzzle of heredity which has evolved into the science of genetics. DNA, the substance in which genetic information is stored, contains a code that can be read and translated by all forms of life. Molecular scientists... Read more...

Historic Black communities are a symbolic monument to the perseverance and enduring spirit of the African American people. The state of Virginia, commonly called the "gateway to history," houses one such community.

Gum Springs was named after a gum tree that once marked its location near historic Mount Vernon. The community was founded by patriarchal freeman, West Ford, who... Read more...

by Linda A. B. Hollis

 In a brief review of slavery in America, one would be remiss not to discuss its tragic beginnings with manual labor being at the forefront. In 1606, England was experiencing social and economic problems along with the rest of Europe. Looking for avenues to boost their fledging... Read more...

by Linda Allen B. Hollis

Author's Note:

From the time I was a little girl, I listened with relish as my mother shared the stories of my great grandfather, Major George W. Ford's exploits as an original member of the 10th Cavalry, Unit L, also known as the famed Buffalo Soldiers. Official reports state that the 10th regiment were poorly fed, equipped, sheltered... Read more...

by Linda Allen B. Hollis

West Ford was born in 1784 or 1785 on the Bushfield Plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia, to Venus, a mulatto slave woman owned by George Washington's brother, John Augustine Washington and his wife, Hannah. According to Ford oral history, Venus told her mistress, Hannah, that George Washington was her child's father. Historians dispute... Read more...

By Angela Allen Henry

Genealogy: Is defined as a record or table of ancestry. 2. Direct descent from an ancestor. 3. The study of ancestry. [Lat. genealogical]

 Are You Tracing Your Family Tree?  

  1. Begin with the present and work your way back. The resources available to you now are: photo albums, family documents and especially living relatives.... Read more...

To: Edward Pompeian
3/2/05
Interview:
Linda Allen B. Hollis

For The History Network

1.  What types of stories do cases like yours tell about America’s founding fathers, about Colonial American culture, and about the contributions of African American slaves to American culture (both in the 18th and 19th centuries and today)?

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