"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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Joy Allen Stone

Photo of Joy Allen Stone, daughter of Elise Ford and James O. Allen.  Joy has one son, Kenard Stone.

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James O. Allen Sr., husband of Elise Ford Allen

James O. Allen is the husband of Elise. The couple had ten children: Carol, James Jr., Gregory, Linda, Joy, Janet, Norman, Angela, Barbara, Timothy and Matthew. James was a printer and...

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A young Florence Ford Pickett
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High School Photo

High School photo of Dr. Cecil B. Ford.

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2nd Sketch of West Ford

This is a drawing from an unnamed source of an older West Ford from the Ford Archives. Ford again signed his name at the bottom of the sketch. West Ford's name is more than a signature; he...

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Sisters posing with photo of George Washington

Linda Allen B. Hollis, and sister Janet S. Allen, posing with photo of George Washington, Rocky Mountain News.

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Young Harrison Ford

Photo of a young Harrison Ford.

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Mount Vernon Plantation in ruin

Photo of the Mount Vernon Plantation when West Ford was a caretaker there. (Photo courtesy of MVLA). Pamela Cunningham founded the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union and wanted...

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Bookcover, "I Cannot Tell a Lie"

Official family chronicler, Linda Allen Bryant Hollis, has chronicled her family's legacy in the narrative nonfiction book, "I Cannot Tell a Lie: The True Story of George Washington...

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Page 2 List of Slaves by J. A. Washington, 1783

Venus and her mother (Jenny) names appear below. MLV put in the writing next to the names. Data from the MVLA.

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C. Bruce and Family

Family photo of C. Bruce and his children in Peoria, Illinois. Left to right, Glen, Candy Lynn, Bruce, C. Bruce (father), and Lois Ann, Cyd Ford Keser.

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Dr. Noel B. Ford

Photo of Dr. Noel B. Ford.

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Homer and Angela Henry

Photo of Angela and Homer Henry at the AAHM Gala 2018 representing Honoree, Elise Ford Allen.  Angela is the managing editor of the Traveler Weekly Newspaper in Peoria, Illinois...

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Barbara Allen F. Randle

Photo of Barbara Allen Randle, 5th great granddaughter of George Washington.

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 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.

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Present Day Mount Vernon Plantation

The Mansion house is approximately 3500 square feet with 21 ones.  West Ford was instrumental in telling the MVLA when they bought the property about the original room decor (I Cannot Tell...

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Linda and and Judith on steps at Mount Veron

Photo of the cousins Linda and Judith at Mount Vernon Plantation. The ladies were on an official visit to present documentation on the Ford family legacy. From LABH collection.

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Dr. Ford's Track Bio from High School

A  description of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford  when he was on his high school track and field team. 

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Gathering

Photo of a gathering with Dr. Burton.

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West Ford

A drawing of West Ford around 60 years old by journalist/artist Benson Lossing at the Mount Vernon Plantation in 1859 from the Harper's New Monthly Magazine.  In Lossing...

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