Historical

Page 2 List of Slaves by J. A. Washington, 1783

Page 2 List of Slaves by J. A. Washington, 1783

Venus and her mother (Jenny) names appear below. MLV put in the writing next to the names. Data from the MVLA.

West Ford's Property

West Ford's Property

West Ford was willed 160 acres of land adjoining Mount Vernon in 1829, making him the richest black man in Virgina at that time.  He later sold his land and purchased 214 acres adjacent to it which he later divided into four, 52-3/4 acres for his children. After the Civil War his property became a refuge and depot for freed slaves. The area is known today as Gum Springs and West Ford as the father of Gum Springs (I Cannot Tell a Lie, Chapters 11, 16, 21).

The Pittsburgh Courier Sat Aug 19 1961

The Pittsburgh Courier Sat Aug 19 1961

Article stating that West Ford was known as the Negro son of George Washington.

Cover, Harper's Weekly

Cover, Harper's Weekly

Cover drawing from Harper's Weekly, 1884

Article, Fairfax Chronicles

Article, Fairfax Chronicles

Newspaper article about West Ford from the Fairfax Chronicles, 1986, by Donald Sweig.

Wreath for West

Wreath for West

A wreath dedicated to West Ford at the slave cemetery at Mount Vernon. From LABH collection.

Meeting with George Ford

Meeting with George Ford

Meeting of the reading of Abraham Lincoln's will with Major George Ford.  Ford was the treasurer of the Lincoln Exposition in Chicago.