"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"

Julia Ford and Corrill Rodgers

Julia Ford

Julia Ford was the daughter of West Ford and Priscella Bell. She married Corrill Rodgers who at the time was still a slave from another nearby plantation.They are believed to have had two...

Property of West Ford


*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...

West Ford, son of George Washington

Drawing of West Ford in his early 70's, son of George Washington and father of Daniel Ford. 


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...