"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"

Articles

Cover, Harper's Weekly

Cover drawing from Harper's Weekly, 1884

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The Pittsburgh Courier Sat May 20 1967
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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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Know Your History
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Newspaper Article on Maj. George Ford

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

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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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Major Ford obit (cont)
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Article, Washington Post

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

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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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Article, Fairfax Chronicles

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

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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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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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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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Article, Der Spiegel

Under Personalities, 1997

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Article, Newsweek Magazine

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

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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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Article, The Urban Spectrum

Title: Black Family Seeks Roots Beneath the Cherry Tree by Wendy Robinson, March 1997.

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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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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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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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