"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"

Angela Allen Henry

Angela Allen Henry at Camp Butler

Angela Allen Henry at Camp Butler

Angela Allen Henry on the steps of Camp Butler Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.  Major George Ford became the first African American superintendent in1906 at Camp Butler. Photo by Homer Henry.

Allen Family at Camp Butler

Allen Family at Camp Butler

Some of the Allen Family members on a visit to Camp Butler Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois where James O. Allen, Major George Ford, Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford, Florence Ford, and C. Bruce Ford are enterred. Left to right, Front row left to right, Tim Allen, Jr., Patty Allen, Angela Allen Henry, Carol Allen Adams, James Allen, Jr. Back row left to right: Joy Allen Stone, Tim Allen, Sr., Carol Adams, Elise Ford Allen, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Barbara Allen Randle, Michael Foster. Children left to right, Sterling Allen, Alexandria Allen.

At Camp Buter

At Camp Buter

Sibllings visiting family graves at Camp Butler Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois 2018. From left to right, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Angela Allen Henry, Barbara Allen Randle, and James Allen Jr.  Photo by Mark Hollis.

Springfield Talk

Springfield Talk

 

Ford Family Descendants Angela Henry and Linda Hollis pictured with Art Wilson, Underground Railroad Historian. All three were attendees at the 7th Gala "Honoring Our Heritage" for the Springfield and Central Illinois African American Museum.  Linda was one of the speakers at the event discussing the Ford family heritage focusing on Major George Ford.

Angela Allen Henry at Gala

Angela Allen Henry at Gala

Angela Allen Henry at the 7th Gala of the Springfield and Central Illinois African American Museum 2018 "Honoring our Heritage" event.

Ford Cousins

Ford Cousins

Photo of Ford first cousins - left to right Candy Lynn Ford Webb, Carol Allen Adams, Deborah Pickett, Sharon Pickett, Angela Allen Henry.

Siblilngs at 2018 AAHM Gala

Siblilngs at 2018 AAHM Gala

The siblings at the the 7th Annual Gala "Honoring our Heritage" in support of honoree, Elise Ford Allen, October 25th, Springfield, Illinois. Attendees left to right: Front, Joy Allen Stone, Tim Allen, his wife Patty, Barbara Randle, Angela Henry, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Carol Allen Adams, Candy Lynn Ford Webb. Black row, left to right, Anthony Randle, husband of Barbara Randle, Homer Henry, husband of Angela Henry and Mark Hollis, husband of Linda Hollis. Photo credit, James Bass.

Camp Butler 2018

Camp Butler 2018

Siblings visiting graves of James O. Allen (husband of Elise Ford Allen), Major George Ford, (grandson of West Ford, and grandfather of Elise Ford Allen). Left to right: Joy Allen Stone, Carol Allen Adams, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Angela Allen Henry. Photo credit, Mark Hollis.

Page 5 of book, The Five Negro Presidents, by J. A. Rogers

Page 5 of book, The Five Negro Presidents, by J. A. Rogers

The last paragraph of page 5 of the book states: "Interracial intercourse was very common then.  George Washington had a Negro son and Jefferson mulatto daughters. (Research done by Angela Allen Henry).