"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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C. Bruce Ford

C. Bruce Ford, graduated with honors from Bradley University with a B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics. Bruce rose to the rank of master sergeant in the military in WWII.  His career as...

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Bruce Ford Jr.

Younger picture of Bruce Ford.

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Young Elise Ford Allen

Photo of Elise early 20's.

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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....

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Mount Vernon Plantation

View of the Potomac River at Mount Vernon. The two-story porch faces the river. From LABH collection.

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Linda Allen Hollis

Photo of Linda holding the hand of sculpture of George Washington at Mount Vernon.

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Major George Ford

Photo of Major George Ford in his military uniform.  He was a Quartermaster Sergeant when he was honorably discharged on September 11, 1876, from the 10th Calvary. He was commended in...

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A Young George Washington

A painting of a young George Washington around 25 years of age. The world into which George Washington was born in 1732 was a comfortable one and wholly dependent on the "peculiar...

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Peoria Today, page 2

Article on Elise Ford Allen and the Traveler Weekly, page 2. Top Photo left to right: Janet Allen, Barbara Allen Randle, Joy Allen Stone, Angela Allen Henry, Carol Allen Adams, Linda...

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A young, Joyce Ford

Joyce was a concert pianist when she met and married Harrison Ford.

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Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 3

Description taken from records at Mount Veron that George Ford was there in 1929 when the slave memorial marker was place in slave cemetery. They stated that George Ford (son of William Ford...

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Chuck and Florence Pickett

Photo of the couple a dinner event.

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Old Tomb George Washington

Photo of Linda at the old tomb of George Washington on the Mount Vernon plantation. There are two family tombs located at Mount Vernon. The "old tomb" was the original family crypt,...

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Young James and Elise

The couple right before they were married.

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Author L. A. Hollis

Author photo, Linda also writes as Linda Allen Bryant

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West Ford, young

A drawing was commissioned by the Washington family on West Ford's 21st birthday and emancipation from slavery around 1805. West was born around 1785 or 1786 to Venus, his mother, on the...

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Judith at Mount Vernon

Dr. Burton on the steps at Mount Vernon. 

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Junior Dental Class 1918

Photo of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford from the Meharry Medical School Dental Class 1918. Early on, Meharry functioned as the Medical Department of Central Tennessee College in Nashville for people of...

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Dolores Finley Ford

Wife of C. Bruce Ford. Dolores was an outstanding and well-known educator in Galesburg, Illnois.

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Bruce and Dolores in Detroit

Bruce and Dolores in Detroit, Michigan.

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