Now Available –Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom
First, I want to thank all of the descendants for giving me the opportunity to research and connect their family to the Freedmen’s Cemetery. I truly feel that their ancestors have made me a part of their family.
The book is now available through Amazon at
Also the book is available through the Alexandria Black History Museum (ABHM) in Alexandria, VA. I will be launching my book signing at ABHM on February 9, 2019. If you live in the area, you might want to buy the book in Alexandria from ABHM. Some of the proceeds will go to the Alexandria Black History Museum.
Behind the scenes of the Alexandria Gazette Packet’s article on, “The Military Made My Life Better: Sergeant Donald L. Taylor,” November 7, 2019.
When the military came knocking, Mr. Donald L. Taylor stepped up to the plate to serve his country. Although he served in a non-combat unit, he was always prepared to do the best he could for his country.
After his military career, he went back home and became active at Third Baptist Church where he has been a life time member. Today, he has been a trustee at the Church for 22 years, and a member of the Elks Lodge #48 I.E.P.O.E. of W since 1949.
For more information, read the article, “The Military Made My Life Better: Sergeant Donald L. Taylor,” in the Alexandria Gazette on page 10 at http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2019/110619/Alexandria.pdf.
Paul Nevell Carter was a dedicated man who took care of his family by working two jobs. His main job was with the Federal government as a nursing assistant in radiology at National Institute of Health (NIH). His second job was with Giant Food Store where he worked at different locations; but, many Alexandrians would remember him working at the Giant Food Store in Alexandria. He was dedicated to his family. Because Paul worked two jobs, this allowed his wife to be in the home for their children.
Paul repeated many times to his family about his war time service that left lasting memories with his children. Paul served in World War II under General Major Patton. You can read more about Paul’s story “Severed Under General Major Patton: Sergeant Paul Nevell Carter” in the Alexandria Gazette Packet on page 8 at
Behind the scenes of the Alexandria Gazette Packet’s article on, “Reaching for Success: Judge Joseph C. Waddy” – dated October 10 – 16, 2019.
Judge Joseph C. Waddy
Joseph C. Waddy was one of the success stories that came out of Parker-Gray School in Alexandria, VA during the early 1920s. He became a Judge in Washington, DC. While he was a Judge, he was instrumental in improving the District of Columbia’s education system. His ruling on education against the District of Columbia for excluding publicly funded education for disable children still stands today.
The Judge’s Summary Judgement of the plaintiffs on August 1, 1972, Mills v. Board of Education of the District of Columbia, 348 F.Supp. 866,871 (D.C. Cir. 1972) changed the way that the District of Columbia provided funding to their disable children. The ruling was coined as the “Waddy Decree.”
Check out the article on “Reaching for Success: Judge Joseph C. Waddy” October 10-16, 2019 in the Alexandria Gazette Packet on page 8 at http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2019/100919/Alexandria.pdf
Dr. Charles F. West
Dr. Charles F. West was a high achiever. Few African Americans who were born in the late 1800s achieved the types of accomplishments as Dr. West. He was a man of many talents who was liked by many.
After returning from the 1924 Olympics in Paris, he made a decision to pursue an academic career in medicine. After completing his undergrad degree, he applied to Howard University Medical School. He graduated in 1928. He practice medicine in Alexandria, Virginia for fifty-years. If you want to know more about Dr. West, please read the Alexandria Gazette Newspaper article dated September 25, 2019 on page 10 at, The Alexandria Gazette Newspaper.