"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

Linda and Mark Hollis

Linda and Mark Hollis at the 7th Gala of "Honoring our Heritage" for the Springfield and Central Illinois African American Museum. Linda was one of the speakers at the event where she...

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Honor Book Medical DET

From the Sangamon County Honor Book Records depicting the service in the Medical Corps, World War I.

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Men of the Month Mention, Maj. George Ford

Major George Ford is mentioned in article "Men of the Month."

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Man of Honor

Sagamon Honor Book and Record page 1091, Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford.

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Dr. Noel B. Ford, Crisis Magazine

Dr. Noel B. Ford was a medical doctor and surgeon who graduated from Meharry Medical School.  He is mentioned in the Crisis Magazine as a man of distinction.

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Elise Allen Award

Plaque detailing Elise F. Allen receiving the African American Hall of Fame award in Journalism, 1991.

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Traveler Weekly Newspaper, 1968

Old newspaper front page of The Traveler Weekly, 1968.  The paper was established in the fall of 1966 as a single 8 1/2 x 11 sheet with local news items and Elise's editorials...

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Elise Allen for Mayor

In another first, Elise Ford Allen became the first Afircan American female to run for mayor of Peoria, Illinois in 1973.  She ran with the intention of bringing to light the plights...

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The Five Negro Presidents, book by J. A. Rogers

Book cover of the book by J. A. Rogers, The Five Negro Presidents.  The book also shares information on West Ford, son of George Washington on page 5. (Research by Angela Allen...

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Inside Book Cover, The Five Negro Presidents, by J. A. Rogers

Description of the book cover, The Five Negro Presidents, by J. A. Rogers (research by Angela Allen Henry).

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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...

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