"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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Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 4

This is a continuing entry from page 3. It states that George Ford told the two workers at the slave cemetery where the tablet was laid that the burying ground used to have a rail fence around...

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Enlistment Document 10th Calvary

Copy of Major Ford's enlistment contract when he joined the 10th Calvary. 

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Florence and Charles Pickett

The happy couple when they lived in Canton, Illinois.

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Slave Cemetery at Mount Vernon

Linda at the Mount Vernon slave cemetery.  The Stone reads: "In memory of the many faithful colored servants of the Washington family at Mount Vernon from 1760-1860.  Their...

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Elise and James O. Allen

Photo of the married couple's first child, Carol. The picture was taken at her parent's home in Peoria, Illinois.

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A Dinner Gathering

Elise and James with friends and family at a dinner party. From left to right: Elise and James O. Allen, Florence and Charles Pickett, Sam and Herschel Mackey

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Harrison Ford with nephews

Photo of Harrison Ford with his nephews Glenn and Bruce, sons of  C. Bruce Ford.

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Linda Allen B. Hollis

Photo of Linda Allen B. Hollis.

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Dentist Office of Dr. Ford

Dr. Ford at his dentist office in Peoria, Illinois.  Dr. Ford was the first African American dentist in the city.

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Family Christmas Card Photo 1970

Allen Family Photo - standing left to right, James Jr., Gregory, Melvin Adams. Sitting on floor left to right: Linda, Barbara, Joy, Angela, Janet (forward). Sitting on couch Left to right:...

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Major Ford's Enlistment Info.

Form detailing the enlistment of Major George Ford. U.S., 10th Calvary, Returns from Regulary Army Calvary Regiments 1866-1916.

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Harrison Ford, year book

Harrison Ford's senior year book photo.

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Judith with friends

Photo of Dr. Judith Burton and friends at Mount Vernon. Photo by Linda Allen B. Hollis

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Bruce Ford Jr. with pets
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Allen Family Photo

 Family Photos, late 1960's. Standing Left to right back row: Carol, Melvin, Gregory, James Jr. Standing middle row, left to right: Florence Harrison Ford, Elise and James Sr. Sitting...

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Memorial Stone

This is a moument placed in the Mount Vernon Slave Cemetery titled "Life Unfinished". The slave cemetery is considered sacred ground for the slaves and freed blacks who worked at the...

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West Ford at Mount Vernon

An older picture of West Ford at the Mount Vernon Plantation. Though Ford was free at the time this photo was taken, the legacy of slavery in all it's complications has left its mark deep...

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James in the Military

Photo of James O. Allen, left, and T. Morgan, United States Army at Fort Huachuca. 

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Registration Card

Registration Card of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford.

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Article, Washington Post

Title: Tracing the Washington Blood, by Elizabeth Wagner, February 1967.

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