"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"

West Ford and Priscella Bell

The Paternity of West Ford
Following is a list of responses to several questions posed to the Ford family. This information was gathered...
Know Your History

News paper article from the Pittsburgh Courier Newspaper describing West Ford as the Negro son of George Washington, 1940.

Did George Washington Have an Enslaved Son?

The New Yorker posed the paternity of West Ford in an article titled: "Did George Washington Have an Enslaved Son" by Jill Abramson, March 2022. The article discusses Gum Springs...

Where is West Ford's Body?

Descendants and Sisters, Linda Allen Hollis, Angela Allen Henry, and Joy Allen Stone, stand by the old tomb of George Washington.  In Ford oral history, West Ford's remains were...

West Ford Display at Mount Vernon

This is a display of West Ford at the Mount Vernon Museum, 2022. It discusses his management of Mount Vernon and his assistance with the renovation process requested by the Mount Vernon...

West Ford in Digital Display

West Ford was instrumental in assisting with the renovation of the Mount Vernon when the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association purchased the plantation from John Augustine Washington III....