What A Wonderful Childhood: Frances Colbert Clements Terrell

This is my fourth story about African Americans living in the Seminary area. I look forward in writing more articles about African Americans who lived, worked and raised their children in Alexandria.

Before Seminary/West End was incorporated into Alexandria, it was part of Falls Church in Fairfax, Virginia. The African Americans who lived in that area had a unique life compared to the African Americans in the City of Alexandria. Many of their families owned their own property. They were self-contained as far as their own school, their stores, their churches and their culture.

The City of Alexandria was indeed a City but the Seminary community prior to becoming incorporated into Alexandria was considered rural. In all appearances, Seminary was a farming community with livestock.

Frances Colbert Clements Terrell had a wonderful childhood growing up in the Seminary area of Alexandria. You can read more about her childhood life in the Alexandria Gazette Newspaper dated April 29, 2020 on page 6 and 7, titled “What A Wonderful Childhood: Frances Colbert Clements Terrell” at

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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 amazon.com by putting search on her name. She became a Living Legend in Alexandria, Virginia in 2014.
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2 Responses to What A Wonderful Childhood: Frances Colbert Clements Terrell

  1. John Oswald Greene says:

    In your listing of older Black neighborhoods you omitted Sunnyside in the area now known as Arlandria.

    Thanks John for your comments. For the last three years, I have been writing about African Americans in the downtown portion of Alexandria where I was born. I just started to include the West End of Alexandria. My plans is to include all parts of Alexandria including Sunnyside and Dale Ray areas. I do a large amount of research to make sure that I understand the historical aspects of the area before I seek out individuals to interview for my articles. I look forward in learning more about Sunnyside so I can write about the individuals who lived there. Thanks again.

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    • cmb12 says:

      Thanks John for your comments. For the last three years, I have been writing about African Americans in the downtown portion of Alexandria where I was born. I just started to include the West End of Alexandria. My plans is to include all parts of Alexandria including Sunnyside and Dale Ray areas. I do a large amount of research to make sure that I understand the historical aspects of the area before I seek out individuals to interview for my articles. I look forward in learning more about Sunnyside so I can write about the individuals who lived there. Thanks again.

      Like

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