"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"

Documents + Articles

Article, Fairfax Chronicles

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

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Registration Card

Registration Card of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford.

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Slave Cemetery at Mount Vernon

Article on the dedication of the slave cemetery at the Mount Vernon Plantation.

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Enlistment to 23rd Kansas Volunteers

Photo of the enlistment document of Major George Ford into the 23rd Kansas Volunteers during the Spanish American War.

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Washington Post, article

Title:  Tracing the Washington Blood - Slave's Descendent Probes Link to Mount Vernon Heritage by Vanessa Barnes Hillian.

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Letter from W.E.B. Du Bois to Major Ford

A letter written in 1918 to Major George Ford fom his friend W.E.B. Du Bois after learning he was ill.

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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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Library of Congress Maj. Ford and  President Theodore Roosevelt

Listing of letters written to and from Major George Ford and Theodore Roosevelt from the Library of Congress Manuscript Division for the personal papers of President Theodore Roosevelt.. You...

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Article, Der Spiegel

Under Personalities, 1997

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Letter Maj. George Ford from Theodore Roosevelt

From the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.  A letter written to Major George Ford from Theodore Roosevelt. Addenda V24-P176

Maj. Geo. W. Ford, Fort Scott, Kansas...

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Article, Newsweek Magazine

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

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Library of Congress Maj. Ford and Theodore Roosevelt

Letter to Major George Ford from Theodore Roosevelt, dated July 9, 1900.  This is from the Library of Congress from archives Addena #V24-P424.

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Article, Denver Post

Title: Whose Ancestor; Family Traces Lineage to Washington by Peg O'Connor, April 24, 1997.

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Letter to W.E.B. Du Bois 50th

Hand written letter dated 1918 from Major George Ford to his friend, W.E.B. Du Bois on his 50th birthday.

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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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Library of Congress June 30, 1900, page 1

Letter to Theodore Roosevelt from Major George Ford from the Library of Congress Manuscript Division of Theodore Roosevelt Collection Reel 6, page 1.

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Artilce about Washington Heritage

Article from the Bradley University Hilltopics, by Nancy Ridgeway, summer 2003. Bradley University is Linda's alma malter where she received a B. S. Degree in Geology. She continued her...

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Library of Congress June 30, 1900 page 2

Letter to Theodore Roosevelt from Maj. George Ford June 30, 1900.  Library of Congress Manuscript Division for papers of Theodore Roosevelt reel 6.

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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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Junior Dental Class 1918

Photo of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford from the Meharry Medical School Dental Class 1918. Early on, Meharry functioned as the Medical Department of Central Tennessee College in Nashville for people of...

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