The Way It Was: Calvin D. Terrell

Sitting down talking to Calvin D. Terrell was like going back in time to the 1940s. Although I wasn’t born for another 15 years later, Mr. Terrell took me back to his world when he was a child living in the Seminary section of Alexandria.

He was able to tell me what Seminary Road, Quaker Lane, Bailey Cross Roads and King Street looked like from the time he was a child. He named the families that were up and down one side of the street to the other side of the street giving me the family ties to different family members who lived in the area.

Mr. Calvin D. Terrell has a wealth of knowledge about the days gone by. You can read more about him in the Alexandria Gazette newspaper on page 8 dated March 4, 2020 at

Author: cmb12

Char McCargo-Bah is the owner/founder of FindingthingsforU, LLC. She is a professional genealogist, researcher consultant, lecturer, teacher and author coach. She is the author of two books and you can find those books on by putting search on her name. She became a Living Legend in Alexandria, Virginia in 2014.

One thought on “The Way It Was: Calvin D. Terrell”

  1. Hi Char,

    Great article – thank you!


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