Behind the scenes of the Alexandria Gazette Packet’s article on, “The Life and Times of the Livery Man: Moses Stevens,” August 22, 2019.
Moses Steven was a man on a mission. He was born in 1843 in Orange County, Virginia. He was in Alexandria during the Civil War working as a laborer for the railroad. After the Civil War he married Charlotte Hedgeman. They had one son, William Henry Stevens.
Moses became wealthy in his own right. He amassed a lot of real estate and he owned his business. After the death of his wife, he married again to a widower name Carrie.
Parker-Gray School was a school that gave African American children a chance to achieve their goals and to dream what they wanted in life. The teachers groomed their students to be the best in whatever they wanted to be. For many of their students, they dared to dream but Parker-Gray made them dream and showed them how to make those dreams come true.
The basketball team was called “Dream Team.” Between the years of 1944 – 1947 the Dream Team put the City of Alexandria on the map. This team was known throughout the United States when they won their 1946 title of South Scholastic Basketball Championship. The City was put on the map again in 1950 when one of their players, Earl Lloyd was the first African American to play on a NBA team.
For more about “Making History: The Dream Team,” check out the article dated August 8-14, 2019 on pages 9 and 11 at