"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

List of Slaves owned by John Augustine, page 1

This is a two-page list of slaves owned by John Augustine, the master of Venus. The document is dated March 1783.  Venus was a housemaid on the Bushfield Plantation and her mother, Jenny,...

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Cover, Harper's Weekly

Cover drawing from Harper's Weekly, 1884

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Page 2 List of Slaves by J. A. Washington, 1783

Venus and her mother (Jenny) names appear below. MLV put in the writing next to the names. Data from the MVLA.

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The Pittsburgh Courier Sat May 20 1967
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West Ford's Property

West Ford was willed 160 acres of land adjoining Mount Vernon in 1829, making him the richest black man in Virgina at that time.  He later sold his land and purchased 214 acres adjacent to...

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The Pittsburgh Courier Sat Aug 19 1961

Article stating that West Ford was known as the Negro son of George Washington.

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Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 1

This page shows that  West Ford death, who he was, and the burial grounds of the servants. The Ford family's oral history was that he was placed in the old tomb of George Washington....

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Know Your History
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Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 2

This page of burial records comes from 1929 minutes p. 46 about the graveyard which was used by General Washington for his slaves at Mount Vernon. It delves into how the markers were worn and...

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Newspaper Article on Maj. George Ford

Title: From Mount Vernon to Springfield, Illinois Register, 1937.

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Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 3

Description taken from records at Mount Veron that George Ford was there in 1929 when the slave memorial marker was place in slave cemetery. They stated that George Ford (son of William Ford...

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Major Ford obit

Major George Ford's Obituary.  He died at the age of 91 in 1939 and was the last living member of the original 10th Calvary known as the Buffalo Soliders. His body was interred at Camp...

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Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 3

Entry from Mount Vernon records on slave burials that George Ford visited the plantation in 1929 when two workers were placing the memorial tablet.  The workers stated that Ford told them...

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Major Ford obit (cont)
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Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 4

This is a continuing entry from page 3. It states that George Ford told the two workers at the slave cemetery where the tablet was laid that the burying ground used to have a rail fence around...

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Major Ford's Enlistment Info.

Form detailing the enlistment of Major George Ford. U.S., 10th Calvary, Returns from Regulary Army Calvary Regiments 1866-1916.

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Article, Washington Post

Title: Tracing the Washington Blood, by Elizabeth Wagner, February 1967.

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Enlistment Document 10th Calvary

Copy of Major Ford's enlistment contract when he joined the 10th Calvary. 

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Article, Washington Post

Title: Register of Freed Slaves Bares Fairfax County Roots, by Thomas Grubisich, Washington Post Staff Writer, February 8, 1977.

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Reinlistment into the 10 Calvary

Major George Ford did two tours with the 10th Calvary. This document shows his reinlistment on September 11, 1872.

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