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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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A Life Well Lived: Dr. Charles Fremont West

Dr. Charles F. West was a high achiever. Few African Americans who were born in the late 1800s achieved the types of accomplishments as Dr. West. He was a man of many talents who was liked by many. After returning … Continue reading

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Update – Life and Times of the Livery Man

Update to my post on, “Life and Times of the Livery Man.” During the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries when a person was in the business of using their stables, horses, buggies, wagons and carriages for picking up people … Continue reading

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