"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

Janet Allen with Flag

Author and writer Janet Allen

Sisters posing with photo of George Washington

Sisters posing with photo of George Washington

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

Janet Allen

Janet Allen

Photo of author Janet Allen

Ford Family Dinner

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 Allen home in Peoria, Illinois.  The Goins owned the first black mortuary in the City. 

Elise and James O. Allen with daughters

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.

Family Christmas Card Photo 1970

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: Norman, Carol (holding daughter, Tanya), James Sr. (holding Timothy), Elise and her mother, Florence Harrison Ford. 

Allen Family Photo

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 on floor left  to right Joy (Timothy below), Janet, Norman, Linda (holding Barbara), Tanya, Angela.

Allen Family Photo 1980

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., Angela Allen Henry, Norman Allen, Timothy Allen.  Bottom left to right: Linda Allen B. Hollis, James O. Allen Sr., Elise Ford Allen, and Joy Allen Stone.

50th wedding anniversary

 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.