"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"

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George Washington, may not have chopped down the cherry tree, but Linda Allen Bryant, had enough branches to build a tree of his African-American Descendants. She weaves the story through each...

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As a Washington buff, this is a story I had heard rumors about but never anything in any great detail, and this book at least made me consider whether or not my hero's blood flows through...

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After reading this book, I finally understand the legacy of slavery left on the African American race. America has a diverse populace and it is about time everyone was included in the making of...

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Wow, a black son!

I was very happy to hear that George Washington had a black son. I can relate to this book because I was born with blond hair and green eyes, although my mother is...

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Thomas Jefferson did the same thing. The book was really good. I'm a white guy and I could relate to this book.

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This book is very radical and to the point. It shows what all African American people had to go through without a history.

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A quote from West Ford "Tell your children, tell them about the Old General. But don't tell nobody else' cause white folks won't accept it."
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Elise Ford Allen, daughter of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford

Married to James O. Allen.  Daughter of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford and granddaughter of Major George Ford. Elise became the official family chronicler after the death of her grandfather. The...

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Virginia Company cartoon
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Civil War Relief
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Gum Springs is the free Black community founded by West Ford. Ford made the land he was bequeathed available to the newly freed slaves after Emancipation and turned it into the enduring...

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Free African Americans of the post-colonial South are featured in this web site, which lists entries from free registries of the era and gives a glimpse into the pride and struggle of African...

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West Ford's grandson, Major George William Ford, served his country with honor as one of the nation's Buffalo soldiers. Click the link to learn more about the first African-Americans...

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A PBS mini-documentary with the descendants of West Ford

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Video by Sarah Brown includes a pic of West Ford

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We will tell authentic stories about African-American life in Central Illinois, past and present, celebrating and sharing our history and culture and planning for our future.

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