Category Archives: Black People of Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia World War I Veteran – The First to Fall: Remembering Private William Thomas

Private William Thomas was the first to die from Alexandria, Virginia during World War I. In death, he was remembered not as an American Negro Veteran but as the first Alexandrian Veteran to die in combat in France. Mr. William … Continue reading

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Update – James E. Piper

On January 25, 2015, a descendant of the Piper family, Richard contacted me. He has been doing researching his family history for more than a decade. Though James E. Piper reported in the Southern Claims Commission records that he lost … Continue reading

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James E Piper

The life of Mr. Piper and his losses during the Civil War interested me to the point, I had to tell his story. James E. Piper (Ramsay) and his brother, William Henry Piper (Ramsay) were freed people of colored prior … Continue reading

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Celebrating 150 years end of the Civil War

  For 2015, I will be doing a series of articles in celebration of the end of the Civil War. Alexandria African Americans contributed a lot to the growth and history of Alexandria, VA. The forgotten historical contributions of many … Continue reading

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