"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"

Elise Ford and James O. Allen

James at home

Photo of James O. Allen on his front porch in Peoria, Illinois.

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AAHM "Honoring our Heritage" Honorees 2018
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Plaque, Elise Ford Allen AAHM

Plaque for Honoree Elise Ford Allen for 2018 "Honoring our Heritage" 7th Annual Gala for the AAHM in Springfield, Illinois.

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AAHM 7th Annual Gala

Award Acceptance for Elise Ford Allen for the 7th Annual Gale "Honoring our Heritage". From left to Right Ocheng Jany, Linda Allen B. Hollis, and Ernestine Lawrence. Photo credit...

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Ford Family Reunion

Ford Family Reunion, Peoria Illinois.

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Siblilngs at 2018 AAHM Gala

The siblings at the the 7th Annual Gala "Honoring our Heritage" in support of honoree, Elise Ford Allen, October 25th, Springfield, Illinois. Attendees left to right: Front, Joy...

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Florence Harrison Ford

Florence, wife of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford, in memoriam.

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James' siblings

James O. Allen and his immediate family.

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Young Zephaniah Allen

Photo of a young, Zephaniah Allen, father of James O. Allen. 

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Sally Allen

Wife of Zephaniah Allen, and mother of James O. Allen.

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James and brother Garry

Photo of James O. Allen and his brother Garry in their print shop Peoria, Illinois.

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Zephaniah Allen, James' father

Zephaniah Allen, father of James O. Allen.

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Zephaniah Allen, 99

Older photo of Zephaniah Allen, father of James O. Allen.

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