"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"


At present day Camp Butler Cemetery

Tombstones and gazebo at Camp Butler Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois. Photo by Angela Allen Henry.

At Camp Buter

Sibllings visiting family graves at Camp Butler Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois 2018. From left to right, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Angela Allen Henry, Barbara Allen Randle, and James Allen...

Tombstone, George Ford

Tombstone of Major George W. Ford at Camp Butler Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. George W. Ford was a career national cemetery superintendent at Camp Butler for 24 years.  Photo by...

Ford Tombstone

Tombstone of Dr. James "Irvine" Ford, son of Major George Ford. Photo by Angela Allen Henry.

Camp Butler from Afar

This is a view of Camp Butler with admin building and grounds with vistors.   

Cousins at Mount Vernon

Wayne Ford, son of Harrison and Joyce Ford and  Candy Lynn Ford Webb, daughter of Bruce and Delores Ford. The cousins visited Mount Vernon in 2018.

Angela and Homer at Buffalo Soldier's Museum

Angela and Homer Henry at the Buffalo Solider's Museum in Kansas 2018.

Angela Allen Henry

Angela Allen Henry at the Buffalo Soldier's Museum in 2018.  She was there for research on Major George Ford. Photo credit Homer Henry.

Camp Butler 2018

Siblings visiting graves of James O. Allen (husband of Elise Ford Allen), Major George Ford, (grandson of West Ford, and grandfather of Elise Ford Allen). Left to right: Joy Allen Stone,...