Category Archives: Black People of Alexandria

Clifton D. Wanzer: The View from the Air Traffic Controllers’ Tower

Clifton D. Wanzer is the oldest son of Daniel Wanzer and Viola Williams. He grew up in the Seminary (West End) of Alexandria, Virginia. A great deal of Clifton’s life has been in the years of segregation, but that period … Continue reading

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Lewis Funeral Home – In the Business of Caring

Behind the scenes of the Alexandria Gazette Packet’s article on, “In the Business of Caring Bell and Johnson Funeral Service” January 22, 2019. Grace Bell like so many African Americans in Alexandria decided to have her child in Washington, DC … Continue reading

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At Heart a Firefighter for Life: Gerald Amos Wanzer

In the Alexandria Gazette Newspaper dated Wednesday, December 19, 2019, on page 6 and 7 is the story of Gerald Amos Wanzer. Gerald has historical ties to the community in the West End of Alexandria, VA known to many as … Continue reading

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Beating The Odds: Patrick H. Lumpkins

Patrick H. Lumpkins had beaten the odds, he had a disability due to slavery but he excelled after the civil war. Besides being a teacher and a music director, he raised a family. His daughter, Helen Lumpkins Robinson Day, became … Continue reading

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