"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

George Washington (from private collection LABH).

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Slave Cemetery at Mount Vernon

Article on the dedication of the slave cemetery at the Mount Vernon Plantation.

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West Ford's Property

West Ford was willed 160 acres of land adjoining Mount Vernon in 1829, making him the richest black man in Virgina at that time.  He later sold his land and purchased 214 acres adjacent to...

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Venus

Venus was a handmaid on the Bushfield Plantation.  Bushfield was owed by John Augustine Washington, a brother of George Washington.  As a child, Venus' mother, Jenny, was the...

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Bruce Jr. and Dolores Ford

Couple outside their of their residence in Galesburg, Illinois. 

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Siblings of Harrison Ford

Siblings of Harrison Ford - left to right: Terry Ford Dobson, Karen Ford-Paialli, Wayne Ford and Allison Ford.

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Linda and Emerson Mark Hollis

Linda and her husband, Emerson Mark Hollis. Linda has 3 sons; Julian Wells, Ian Bryant and Russell Bryant (stepson). Her husband Mark has two daugthers, Stacey Hollis and Anaise Rodgers....

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Mount Vernon Plantation, walk way

Present day photo along a walk way to the slave cabins. Photo from collection LABH.

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Track Team members

Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford's Track Team Photo from Springfield High School.

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Martha Washington

Martha Washington (from private collection of  LABH)

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Elise and James O. Allen, church

James and Elise dressed for church. James was always known to wear a bow-tie. They are the parents of Carol Allen Adams, James Allen Jr., Gregory Allen, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Joy Allen Stone,...

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Joyce Post Ford

Photo of Joyce Ford, wife of Harrison Ford. The couple had seven children: Terry, Harrison Wayne, Alison, Cheryl, Karen and Craig. 

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Janet Allen

Photo of author Janet Allen

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Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford, son of George Ford

Picture of 1918 Junior Dental Class at Meharry Medical School. 

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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...

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Cooper and Marie
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Ford descendents at at Mount Vernon

Photo of Janet Allen, Linda Allen Hollis, Judy Burton and Joy Allen Stone on a visit to Mount Vernon. From LABH collection.

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George Washington, older

A painting of George Washington around the age of 60. In the Ford oral history, the father of the country was also the father of West Ford and a slave named Venus. For almost 56 years,...

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William Ford

William Ford, son of West Ford and father of Major George Ford.  William married Henrietta Bruce and the couple had four children: George, John, Constance, and Hannah. William was the...

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Elise and James O. Allen with daughters

Elise and James Allen with daughters, left to right: Janet, Angela, James O. Allen, Elise F. Allen, Cynthia, Barbara.

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