"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"

Janet Allen

Janet Allen with Flag

Author and writer Janet Allen

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Sisters posing with photo of George Washington

Linda Allen B. Hollis, and sister Janet S. Allen, posing with photo of George Washington, Rocky Mountain News.

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Elise and James O. Allen, church

James and Elise dressed for church. James was always known to wear a bow-tie. They are the parents of Carol Allen Adams, James Allen Jr., Gregory Allen, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Joy Allen Stone,...

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Janet Allen

Photo of author Janet Allen

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Ford Family Dinner

Florence Ford (married to Cecil Bruce Ford), Harriett "Hallie" Ford Goins (daugther of George Ford), Garfield Goins, husband to Hallie, and Janet Allen at a Christmas dinner at the...

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Elise and James O. Allen with daughters

Elise and James Allen with daughters, left to right: Janet, Angela, James O. Allen, Elise F. Allen, Cynthia, Barbara.

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Family Christmas Card Photo 1970

Allen Family Photo - standing left to right, James Jr., Gregory, Melvin Adams. Sitting on floor left to right: Linda, Barbara, Joy, Angela, Janet (forward). Sitting on couch Left to right:...

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Allen Family Photo

 Family Photos, late 1960's. Standing Left to right back row: Carol, Melvin, Gregory, James Jr. Standing middle row, left to right: Florence Harrison Ford, Elise and James Sr. Sitting...

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Allen Family Photo 1980

Picture was taken in 1980 on the front lawn of the family's home in Peoria, Illinois. Top left to right, Barbara Allen Randle, Janet Allen, Greg Allen, Carol Adams Allen, James Allen Jr.,...

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 50th wedding anniversary

Photo of 50th Wedding Aniversary of Elise and James Allen.  Front left to right standing: Carol, Linda, Joy, Janet, Barbara, Timothy, Angela, Gregory and James Jr.

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Ford descendents at at Mount Vernon

Photo of Janet Allen, Linda Allen Hollis, Judy Burton and Joy Allen Stone on a visit to Mount Vernon. From LABH collection.

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Janet Allen

Janet Allen interviewing Corretta Scott King for the Traveler Weekly Newspaper.

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Article, Rocky Mountain News

Title: George Washington in their Family tree, black sisters say - Thesis says he fathered slave - their great-great-great-great-grandfather, by Steve Groer, November 4th, 1996.

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Article, Der Spiegel

Under Personalities, 1997

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Article, Newsweek Magazine

Under History section - Titled: Tracing a Very Familiar Face, Newsweek Magazine, November 1996.

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Article, The Urban Spectrum

Title: Black Family Seeks Roots Beneath the Cherry Tree by Wendy Robinson, March 1997.

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Article, New York Times

Title: Descendants of Slave's Son Contend That His Father was George Washington, by Nicholas Wade, July 7, 1999.

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