"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"

Visits to Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

The Mount Vernon Estate

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Cousins Visit

Cousins, Dr. Judith Saunders Burton, Linda Allen Hollis, and Ruby Saunders visiting the slave cemetery at Mount Vernon 1998. 

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Descendants Visit Museum

Ford Descendants visit the Museum at Mount Vernon, 2022. From left to right - Mark and Linda Allen Hollis, Allison Wickens (Vice President of Education at Mount Vernon), Joy Allen Stone,...

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Cousins Visit Mount Vernon

First cousins Wayne Ford and Candy Ford Webb's visit to Mount Vernon. West Ford is their 3rd great grandfather. 

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The Piper of Mount Vernon

Ford Descendants, Joy Allen Stone, Angela Allen Henry, Linda Allen Hollis, and Ron Chase of the Gum Springs Museum on the grounds of Mount Vernon, posing with flutist. (Photo credit Mark...

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Janet Allen

Janet Allen at Mount Vernon, 1999.

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Judy and James at Mount Vernon

Photo Dr. Judy Saunders Burton and James Rees, once CEO of Mount Vernon at the tomb of George Washington. 

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West Ford Display at Mount Vernon

This is a display of West Ford at the Mount Vernon Museum, 2022. It discusses his management of Mount Vernon and his assistance with the renovation process requested by the Mount Vernon...

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West Ford in Digital Display

West Ford was instrumental in assisting with the renovation of the Mount Vernon when the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association purchased the plantation from John Augustine Washington III....

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Linda and Brenda at Mount Vernon

Linda Allen Hollis and Brenda Parker who was formallly the Coordinator of African American Interpretation at Mount Vernon.  The two shared a photo...

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Portion of George Washington's Will

This is a page of George Washington's will in his own handwriting on display in the George Washington Museum.

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Viewing West Ford's Original Drawing

West Ford descendants view original pencil sketched portrait of West Ford in the Mount Vernon archives.  From left to right: Joy Allen Stone, Samantha Snyder (Mount Vernon ...

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Library at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon staffers, Jessie MacLeod (Associate Curator) and Mary V. Thompson (Research Historian) look on as Ford descendants view documents from the Mount Vernon archives. 

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Viewing Documents

Ron Chase (Gum Springs Museum) along with Brenda Parker,  Allison Wickens (Vice President for Education) and Mary V. Thompson (Research Historian) at the Mount Vernon Library, October 8...

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George Washington's False Teeth

George Washington's false teeth at his museum at Mount Vernon.

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Back of the Mansion House

View from the Potomac looking back at the Mansion House at Mount Vernon, October 2022.

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Room with a View

Ford Descendants look at the view from top of Cupola room at the Mansion House. 

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Description of the Cupola on Mansion House

Full detailed description on the cupola on top George Washington's Mansion House.  The information is displayed at the museum at Mount Vernon.

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Housing for the Enslaved

This is a recreated depiction of the enslaved dormitory where the Mount Vernon enslaved workers lived. It is estimated that about 60 individuals were crammed into this housing in 1799.

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