"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"

Florence Ford and Charles Pickett

Florence Ford

Florence Ford

Florence Ford married Charles Pickett and the couple had ten children: Cecil Bruce Jr., Michael, Boyd, Larry, Patricia, Beverly, David, Sharon and Deborah.She was a dedicated homemaker, an accomplished seamtress and a volunteer at YMCA working with youth.  Her life is detailed in numerous chapters in, "I Cannot Tell a Lie" starting in Chapter 33. 

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.

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.

Sisters

Sisters

Elise Ford Allen and Florence Ford Pickett at Camp Butler in Springfield, Illinois as children.  The mansion house on the cemetery was the home of Major George Ford.  Annual family reunions were held at the location.

Chuck and Florence Pickett

Chuck and Florence Pickett

Photo of the couple a dinner event.

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

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.

Pickett Family Photo

Pickett Family Photo

Family photo of Charles and Florence Ford Pickett - left to right back row: Boyd, Larry, Cecil, Charles (Father), David, Michael, front row: Sharon, Patricia, Florence (mother), Beverly and Deborah.