Category Archives: Businesses

Working in the City’s Glass Factories

Behind the scenes of the Alexandria Gazette Packet’s article on, “Working in the City’s Glass Factories” January 31, 2019. Many of the early factories in the City of Alexandria employed African Americans especially children and women. One of these factories … Continue reading

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“Remembering 1022 Pendleton Street’s History”

Behind the scene of the Alexandria Gazette’s story on, “Remembering 1022 Pendleton Street’s History,” dated December 12, 2018. When I was researching John Wesley Jackson, I found some discrepancies in Mr. Jackson’s birth place. On the 1910 census, he was … Continue reading

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Olander Banks – ‘A Blueprint of Success’

Behind the scene of the Alexandria Gazette’s story on Olander Banks dated October 11, 2018. Dena Banks, the grandchild of Olander Banks Sr., and she is the daughter of Olander Banks Jr., assisted me in telling the story of her … Continue reading

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CW Gray: African American Funeral Director

Read all about an African American Funeral Director, CW Gray in the article titled CW Gray: Alexandria’s Early 20th Century Funeral Director. The article is in the Alexandria Gazette Packet Newspaper dated July 19 -25, 2018 on page 12. You … Continue reading

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