Author Archives: cmb12

About cmb12

Char McCargo-Bah is the owner/founder of FindingthingsforU, LLC. She is a professional genealogist, researcher consultant, lecturer, teacher and author coach.

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 … Continue reading

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Memories of Long Ago: Margaret V. Campbell Council

I was privilege in having a conversation with the 78 year-old Leroy Council of Philadelphia who revealed his deep love for his mother, Margaret and the history she shared with him about her life in Alexandria. His mother, Margaret was … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Black Women’s Suffrage Movement and Mary E. Dorsey

Mary Dorsey was the youngest child of Clem M. Dorsey and Hannah V. Lyles. She was born in 1882 in Alexandria, VA. In today’s world, it would have been unheard of for a single black woman who was a domestic … Continue reading

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