"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"

Elise Ford and James O. Allen

Elise and James formal function

Elise and James formal function

Elise and James with friends at a formal ball and dinner in Peoria, Illinois.

Elise and James at wedding of daughter

Elise and James at wedding of daughter

Photo of Elise and James at 1963 wedding of their daughter, Carol.

Ford Family Dinner

Ford Family Dinner

Florence Ford (married to Cecil Bruce Ford), Harriett "Hallie" Ford Goins (daugther of George Ford), Garfield Goins, husband to Hallie, and Janet Allen at a Christmas dinner at the Allen home in Peoria, Illinois.  The Goins owned the first black mortuary in the City. 

A Dinner Gathering

A Dinner Gathering

Elise and James with friends and family at a dinner party. From left to right: Elise and James O. Allen, Florence and Charles Pickett, Sam and Herschel Mackey

Peoria today, page 1

Peoria today, page 1

Peoria Today magazine article on Elise Ford Allen and the Traveler Weekly page 1.

Peoria Today, page 2

Peoria Today, page 2

Article on Elise Ford Allen and the Traveler Weekly, page 2. Top Photo left to right: Janet Allen, Barbara Allen Randle, Joy Allen Stone, Angela Allen Henry, Carol Allen Adams, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Timothy Allen (front), Elise Ford Allen (mother).  Bottom Photo: Joy Allen Stone, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Janet Allen.

Family Friends

Family Friends

Elise and James with daughter Carol and husband, Melvin and friends.

Family Christmas Card Photo 1970

Family Christmas Card Photo 1970

Allen Family Photo - standing left to right, James Jr., Gregory, Melvin Adams. Sitting on floor left to right: Linda, Barbara, Joy, Angela, Janet (forward). Sitting on couch Left to right: Norman, Carol (holding daughter, Tanya), James Sr. (holding Timothy), Elise and her mother, Florence Harrison Ford. 

Elise Allen for Mayor

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 of the disadvantaged and poor in Peoria who had no voice. Although she did not win, she placed fifth among the eight white male candidates who ran and solidfied her presence in print media.