Alexandria African Americans World War I Draft

Posted July 20, 2014 by cmb12
Categories: Black People of Alexandria

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Isaac Thomas Jackson S. Washington Street

Isaac Thomas Jackson
S. Washington Street

Alexandria African Americans World War I Draft Registrations – Part 8: “I – J

The list below is the African American Alexandrians with the “I -J surnames.

Ingram, Charley – born August 10, 1874
Irving, Samuel – born April 28, 1891
Jackson, Andrew – born ??
Jackson, Andrew W. – born May 9, 1888
Jackson, Anthony Sylvester – born February 5, 1900
Jackson, Blanton – born 1886
Jackson, Charles – born November 5, 1885
Jackson, Charles Franklin – born October 31, 1897
Jackson, Clinton William – born September 30, 1898
Jackson, Daniel – born March 23, 1882
Jackson, Dennis – born June 12, 1879
Jackson, Dorsey – born December 25, 1881
Jackson, Edgar F – born September 15, 1874
Jackson, Edward – born 1897
Jackson, Fairfax, Jr – born February 17, 1877
Jackson, Frank – born October 12, 1884
Jackson, Frank Edward – born February 21, 1883
Jackson, Henry – born April 18, 1894
Jackson, Isaac – born April 1, 1891
Jackson, Isaac Thomas – born November 3, 1877
Jackson, James – born May 15, 1898
Jackson, James Allen – born August 11, 1895
Jackson, James L – born February 1, 1889
Jackson, James Nathaniel – born March 4, 1881
Jackson, John – born September 29, 1898
Jackson, John Henry – born December 28, 1894
Jackson, John Wesley – born January 15, 1878
Jackson, Lathon – born December 25, 1899
Jackson, Louis P – born May 5, 1888
Jackson, Manuel – born December 25, 1873
Jackson, Nickle – born April 21, 1897
Jackson, Olive W. – born June 28, 1893
Jackson, Ottie – born April 4, 1898
Jackson, Richard Louis – born October 5, 1884
Jackson, Richard W – born July 14, 1897
Jackson, Robert – born August 27, 1877
Jackson, Robert – born April 22, 1873
Jackson, Robert Henry – born June 3, 1890
Jackson, Teed – born May 16, 1881
Jackson, Thomas E – born April 28, 1893
Jackson, Tobe Arthur – born December 19, 1880
Jackson, W. Henry – born 1874
Jackson, W.R. – born March 29, 1895
Jackson, William Dallas – born January 28, 1875
Jackson, William H. – born September 4, 1886
Jackson, William Thomas – born December 16, 1875
James, Scott – born August 18, 1887
Janney, Irvin – born 1900
Jasper, Joseph Norman – born June 15, 1894
Jasper, Romes – born October 7, 1886
Javins, Samuel Arthur – born April 6, 1889
Jefferson, James – born February 16, 1893
Jefferson, John Alexandria – born February 4, 1886
Jenkins, Homer – born August 19, 1895
Jenkins, Lewis – born 1896
Jenkins, Thomas – born October 1, 1897
Jenkins, Abe – born December 24, 1890
Johnson, Albert – born February 9, 1887
Johnson, Arthur – born September 2, 1884
Johnson, Calvin – born ?
Johnson, Charles Henry – born June 14, 1900
Johnson, Charlie – born February 23, 1885
Johnson, Edgar Julian – born September 30, 1882
Johnson, Forrest – born Dec 1899
Johnson, Frank M – born July 20, 1896
Johnson, Fred – born April 1, 1900
Johnson, Harry Albert – born August 18, 1884
Johnson, Harvey – born October 29, 1892
Johnson, Henry – born October 6, 1893
Johnson, Henry – born May 23, 1875
Johnson, Hill – born August 31, 1900
Johnson, Ingersol M – born June 11, 1900
Johnson, James – born March 16, 1894
Johnson, James – born 1896
Johnson, James S – born July 18, 1893
Johnson, John – born May 23, 1885
Johnson, John – born March 30, 1883
Johnson, John Robert – born July 18, 1898
Johnson, Julius – born August 17, 1892
Johnson, Leonard – born January 21, 1894
Johnson, Lewis – born June 11, 1873
Johnson, Luther – born April 7, 1899
Johnson, Nelson – born October 1, 1898
Johnson, Oscar – born January 2, 1889
Johnson, Raymond – born June 1, 1895
Johnson, Samuel – born December 2, 1897
Johnson, Suke Lewis – born 1870
Johnson, Sylvester L – born May 14, 1890
Johnson, Thomas – born August 4, 1897
Johnson, Thomas – born 1887
Johnson, Thomas Edward – November 25, 1879
Johnson, Tom – July 25, 1899
Johnson, Wallace – February 3, 1899
Johnson, Walter – born October 7, 1885
Johnson, William – born March 15, 1894
Johnson, William – born November 6, 1894
Johnson, William – born May 15, 1899
Johnson, William Henry – born May 7, 1878
Jones, Charles – born June 8, 1889
Jones, Charles – born July 3, 1892
Jones, Charles Lewis – born December 10, 1899
Jones, Dewey Majer (Major) – born June 5, 1898
Jones, Ernest – born December 25, 1885
Jones, Frank – born December 6, 1893
Jones, Frank G – born April 26, 1895
Jones, George – born June 10, 1875
Jones, Henry Matthew – born September 20, 1898
Jones, Herbert – born December 25, 1894
Jones, Jacob – born March 20, 1896
Jones, James B. – born October 25, 1888
Jones, James E – born March 10, 1874
Jones, Jessie – born July 23, 1900
Jones, John W – born March 25, 1890
Jones, John – born 1900
Jones, John Francis – born October 18, 1872
Jones, John Henry – born July 5, 1878
Jones, John Lee – born June 14, 1895
Jones, Joseph – born February 19, 1896
Jones, Lewis – born August 23, 1894
Jones, Moses – born September 27, 1895
Jones, Ollie – born September 4, 1892
Jones, P.S. – born June 5, 1885
Jones, Robert – born March 4, 1881
Jones, Robert – born June 10, 1883
Jones, Rufus – born December 28, 1900
Jones, Samuel – born April 3, 1874
Jones, Sidney Albert – born July 7, 1899
Jones, Wash – born October 26, 1892
Jones, William – born March 28. 1884
Jordan, James Harrison – born December 3, 1889

Brenman Award Night

Posted November 1, 2013 by cmb12
Categories: Cemetery

Char Bah and Lawrence Carter

Char Bah and Lawrence Carter

From left - Mumini, Char, Maimoona and Dwayne

From left – Mumini, Char, Maimoona and Dwayne

Reading of the Proclamation

Reading of the Proclamation

On October 22, I received the 2013 Alexandria, Virginia “Ben Brenman Archaeology Award”. The award was for my work on the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery.

Language from the Proclamation

Language from the Proclamation

The Mayor of Alexandria and the Alexandria City Council provided the awardees with their “Proclamation” and a special design plaque from Archaeology.

Several people came out to support me including my husband, daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. McCrae, Mr. James E. Henson, Christa Wattres, Karen White, and Mr. Lawrence Carter.

I have provided pictures from the event that Mr. Lawrence Carter provided.

Winner of the 2013 “Ben Brenman Archaeology Award”

Posted October 1, 2013 by cmb12
Categories: Cemetery, Home

I am glad to share with you that I have been selected as one of the recipients of the 2013 Alexandria, Virginia “Ben Brenman Archaeology Awards”. This award is for my work on the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery. I will be receiving this award on October 22, 2013, by the Mayor of Alexandria and the Alexandria City Council.

The award is not just about my work in finding descendants of the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery, but it is about the descendants who allow me to research their families; and document their ancestors’ role in American History. For all of the descendants, I thank you for allowing me into your lives. I hope all of you will join me when I receive this award for all of us:

Date: October 22, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: City Council Chambers at City Hall
301 King Street, 2nd Floor
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

This event is open to the public. I am inviting anyone who wants to attend. Thank you.

Searching for Descendants of the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery

Posted September 2, 2013 by cmb12
Categories: Cemetery, Home

Over 1700 African Americans are buried at the “Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery” located at Church and Washington Street in Alexandria, VA. These African Americans were contraband of the Civil War. They fought, walked, and ran from their slave owners to areas that provided them safety. Freed African Americans were also at risk during the Civil War and many of them found the same safety net as the slaves. For more information on the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery, go to the “The Friends of Freedmen’s Cemetery” site at

In April 2008, the City of Alexandria, Virginia asked me to assist them in locating descendants of the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery.

The City wants to recognize the descendants of the Freedmen Cemetery. Please go to the Alexandria Archaeology Museum’s web site that discusses the Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial at

As of 2008, I have identified the descendants of over one hundred people who are buried at the Freedmen Cemetery. I am still looking for descendants. If you have more than four generations of your family from Alexandria, Virginia and your surname is on this list, please contact me through my blog e-mail address The City of Alexandria is building the Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial. It is going to be a great Ceremony honoring the former Contrabands and their Descendants.

The Ceremony will be in the Spring of 2014. If you want to be counted as a Descendant, please notify me. Thanks!

Our First Book Signing

Posted July 14, 2013 by cmb12
Categories: Home, Uncategorized

The authors of “African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia:  Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century” are having their first book signing on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Community Open House event at the Alexandria Black History Museum located 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm.  Books will be available for purchase.  You can contact the Alexandria Black History Museum at 703-746-4356.  Thanks!

Announcing a New Blog

Posted June 16, 2013 by cmb12
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Authors of African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century

A new blog is available for the authors of a new book “African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century.” Please visit their blog at Click on the different sections About, Contact Us, and Calendar of Events. Do not forget to order the book and come back to the blog for a book discussion. If you want to invite the authors for a lecture and book signing, go to “Contact Us” on their Blog and send an e-mail. Thanks!

Urgent Call to Save Carver Nursey School – William Thomas Post #129

Posted January 28, 2013 by cmb12
Categories: Education, Uncategorized

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Carver Nursery School - William Thomas Post #129

Carver Nursery School – William Thomas Post #129

The Carver Nursery School could be demolished as soon as the month of February if the community does not intervene. The school was constructed during World War II through an Act of Congress to fund nursery schools so that parents of children could work in the war effort. The Carver Nursery appears to be the only one built specifically for African Americans. The building consisted of two classrooms with a playground on site. The playground is now the Hunter-Miller Park. Located in the Parker-Gray Neighborhood, the school was in the heart of a thriving Black business area at Queen and Fayette Streets.

The school would later become the William Thomas Post#129 of the American Legion and was the social hub of the neighborhood.

Two and a half years ago, a local developer who then applied for a demolition permit purchased the property. The Parker-Gray Board of Architectural Review and the City Council approved the demolition. The developer has already built eleven houses in the neighborhood and recently put eight condominiums in a former laundry building nearby. The eight condominiums (condos) add character and blend in with the neighborhood. The demolition of the Carver School runs contrary to the purpose of the Parker-Gray Historic District.

Historical Facts:

The Parker-Gray Historic District was created in 1984 and one of its main purposes was to protect the area from development pressures that could arise from the building of the King Street and Braddock Metro Stations. The stations are within blocks of the Carver Nursery School. The plan in 1984 was to nominate the neighborhood for the National Register of Historic Places. In 2004, the City of Alexandria conducted a survey and at that time, the Carver Nursery School was one of many structures singled out as having contributed character to the neighborhood. The two Parker-Gray Schools had already been demolished. The threat of the demolition of Carver School is a test to the preservation of buildings that have played a part in the history of Black Alexandria. This building is the only known building of its type still existing and was listed on Preservation Virginia’s eleven most endangered properties list of 2010.

Saving Carver Nursery School Building:

There is only one option for saving the building and that is for the City of Alexandria to intervene. Ask the City to temporarily halt the demolition so that the community can have a voice and suggest some alternatives. To help, please e-mail City Council at

You can also contact Boyd Walker from the Greater Alexandria Preservation Alliance at to get a copy of the petition that is now circulating, and help gather signatures.  Time is running out, so please help us tell the whole story of the Parker-Gray Neighborhood.

Boyd Walker is a community activist who started the Greater Alexandria Preservation Alliance five years ago, to be an advocacy organization for Historic Preservation in Alexandria.  The purpose of the Alliance is to work beyond Alexandria’s borders with state and local partners and to make Alexandria a greater place.  He is a native of Alexandria who grew up on the “Southside.”  He was a co-founder of Citizens for an Alternative Alexandria Waterfront Plan, now known as Friends of the Alexandria Waterfront and a recent candidate for Alexandria City Council.

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