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Herbert Pike Tancil – The Mayors’ Colored Barber

Behind the scene of the Alexandria Gazette story on Mr. Herbert Pike Tancil dated February 22, 2018. About two years ago, I came across an old article in the Alexandria Gazette newspaper dated 22 December 1908 about the death of … Continue reading

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Star Cab: Alexandria, Virginia First African American Cab Company

The picture in the blog banner is a picture of three men who owned their cabs and drove for “Star Cab Company” during the 1940s and 1950s. These men were Mr. Ike Marshall, Mr. Clarence McKenney, Sr., and Mr. Norman … Continue reading

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Lewis Smith, An Unlikely Wealthy Man

Mr. Lewis Smith deceived many people in Alexandria concerning his status in society. A newspaper article dated August 27, 1955, after the death of Mr. Smith, described him as an elderly man who drove his horse wagon up and down … Continue reading

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Alexandria, VA Esther Chapter #23

Alexandria, VA Esther Chapter #23 of Prince Hall Mason Alexandria, Virginia has many African American Civic Organizations. One of the organizations that was established by 20 African American women, was the Esther Chapter of the Prince Hall Mason. Members of … Continue reading

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