"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"

Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford Sr and Florence Harrison

Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford

 Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford

Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford was the son of Major Geroge W. Ford.  He married Florence Harrison and the couple had four children: Elise, Florence, Bruce and Harrison. His life is detailed in numerous chapters in I Cannot Tell a Lie starting with Chapter 28.

High School Photo

High School Photo

High School photo of Dr. Cecil B. Ford.

Dr. Ford's Track Bio from High School

Dr. Ford's Track Bio from High School

A  description of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford  when he was on his high school track and field team. 

Track Team members

Track Team members

Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford's Track Team Photo from Springfield High School.

Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford, son of George Ford

Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford, son of George Ford

Picture of 1918 Junior Dental Class at Meharry Medical School. 

Florence Harrison Ford, wife of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford

Florence Harrison Ford, wife of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford

Photo of Florence Ford, married to Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford. The couple had four children,  Elise, Florence, Bruce and Harrison. Florence Ford was a well-known seamtress in Peoria, Illinois.

Junior Dental Class 1918

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 color. The department had it's first graduate in 1877. In 1886, the Dental Department was founded, followed by the Pharmacy Department. Cecil's other brothers also earned degrees: George Jr. was the first family member to graduate from Meharry as a Dr. of Pharmacy, Noel graduated with a degree in family medicine and Irving as a chriropodist (I Cannot Tell a Lie, Chapter 32).

Dentist Office of Dr. Ford

Dentist Office of Dr. Ford

Dr. Ford at his dentist office in Peoria, Illinois.  Dr. Ford was the first African American dentist in the city.

Registration Card

Registration Card

Registration Card of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford.

Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford in Medical Corps

Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford in Medical Corps

Young photo of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford when he served in World War I as a Private Medical DET in the 370th Infantry, 93rd Division.