"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

Allen Family Photo 1980

Allen Family Photo 1980

Picture was taken in 1980 on the front lawn of the family's home in Peoria, Illinois. Top left to right, Barbara Allen Randle, Janet Allen, Greg Allen, Carol Adams Allen, James Allen Jr., Angela Allen Henry, Norman Allen, Timothy Allen.  Bottom left to right: Linda Allen B. Hollis, James O. Allen Sr., Elise Ford Allen, and Joy Allen Stone.

NAACP Event

NAACP Event

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Hooks (Executive Director of NAACP 1972-1992), Elise F. Allen, Mr. and Mrs. John Gwyn (President of the NAACP in Peoria) and Timothy Allen at an NAACP event.

50th wedding anniversary

 50th wedding anniversary

Photo of 50th Wedding Aniversary of Elise and James Allen.  Front left to right standing: Carol, Linda, Joy, Janet, Barbara, Timothy, Angela, Gregory and James Jr.

Elise and James at 50th

Elise and James at 50th

Photo of Elise and James O. Allen at their 50th Wedding Anniversary in Peoria, Illinois.

Elise Ford Allen and Bruce Ford, Siblings

Elise Ford Allen and Bruce Ford, Siblings

Elise Ford Allen and Bruce Ford with their mother, Florence at a Ford Family reunion Norman Allen sitting and Carol Allen Adams in the background. 

Siblings Florence and Elise

Siblings Florence and Elise

Photo of Florence Ford Pickett and Elise Ford Allen in the home of Allen in Peoria, Illinois.

Harrison Ford and Elise F. Allen

Harrison Ford and Elise F. Allen

Photo of brother and sister at Elise's 50th wedding anniversary.

Elise and James O. Allen

Elise and James O. Allen

Elise and James at a school function.

James at home

James at home

Photo of James O. Allen on his front porch in Peoria, Illinois.