Announcing “The Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom Book Pre Orders

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
https://www.amazon.com/Alexandrias-Freedmens-Cemetery-American-Heritage/dp/1467140015/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1542229048&sr=8-2&keywords=Char+McCargo+Bah.

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.

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Parker-Gray School’s One-Hundred-Year Anniversary

On August 15, 2020, the Parker-Gray Alumni Association will be celebrating the 100-year Anniversary of Parker-Gray School. If you want to assist the Parker-Gray Alumni in planning this celebration or you want to attend this celebration, please contact Mrs. Alice Thompson at 703-549-8178.

You can read a recent article titled, We Were the “Bull Dogs: Parker-Gray School” at
http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2019/120419/Alexandria.pdf.

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Beating The Odds: Patrick H. Lumpkins

Patrick H. Lumpkins had beaten the odds, he had a disability due to slavery but he excelled after the civil war. Besides being a teacher and a music director, he raised a family. His daughter, Helen Lumpkins Robinson Day, became a well-known teacher, choir director and community activist. In 1950s, Patrick’s son Patrick II was working for Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO).

You can read more about Patrick H. Lumpkins in the Alexandria Gazette newspaper dated November 20, 2019 at http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2019/112019/Alexandria.pdf.

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In Search for Descendants of Seminary (West End) in Alexandria, VA

Oakland Baptist Church

I am working on a project that is in the West End of Alexandria, Virginia which includes Seminary area, Wood Place, Wood Lane, parts of King Street, parts of Braddock Road, Quaker Lane, Donaldson Corner and etc. I am looking for descendants who worked for the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) who historically lived in that area up to the 1950s.

If you had a relative that worked at VTS, I would like to hear from you. Please contact me at findingthingsforu@gmail.com. Thanks – Char!

The surnames of these families are:

Adams
Ashby
Allen
Ball
Blackburn
Bradby
Campbell
Carpenter
Casey
Chambers
Colbert
Craven
Croane (Crone)
Douglas
Freeman
Grant
Hall
Harris
Henry
Jarvin
Jackson
Johnson
Jones
Lee
Lewis
McKnight
Mackey
Mallory
Miller
Nelson
Nickens
Penn
Peters
Peterson
Pollard
Randall
Reynolds
Russ
Rust
Rollins
Roy
Rust
Scales
Simms (Sims)
Smith
Shorts
Taylor
Terrell
Wanzer (Wanser)
Williams
Whiting
Wood
Quander
Quivis

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The Military Made My Life Better: Sergeant Donald L. Taylor

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.

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