"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids--and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."

 - Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man"

West Ford at Mount Vernon

West Ford at Mount Vernon

An older picture of West Ford at the Mount Vernon Plantation. Though Ford was free at the time this photo was taken, the legacy of slavery in all it's complications has left its mark deep in the roots of this country. Photo from the Mount Vernon Plantation archives.