"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"

Slave Cemetery at Mount Vernon

West Ford Descendants at MV Slave Cemetery

West Ford descendants at Mount Vernon Slave Cemetery, 2022. (Photo credit Mark Hollis for WFL).

Speech at Slave Commeration, Linda Allen Hollis

Linda Allen Hollis speaking for the 2021 Slave Commemoration at the Mount Vernon Slave Cemetery. 

 Mount Vernon Slave Cemetery Ceremony

Photo of Rohulamin Quander and Linda Allen Hollis, October 2022. The two share family history through the marriage of Hannah Ford, granddaughter of West Ford.  Hannah married...

Where is West Ford's Body?

Descendants and Sisters, Linda Allen Hollis, Angela Allen Henry, and Joy Allen Stone, stand by the old tomb of George Washington.  In Ford oral history, West Ford's remains were...

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. 

Cousins Visit

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