Category Archives: Businesses

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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The Life and Times of the Livery Man: Moses Stevens

Behind the scenes of the Alexandria Gazette Packet’s article on, “The Life and Times of the Livery Man: Moses Stevens,” August 22, 2019. Moses Steven was a man on a mission. He was born in 1843 in Orange County, Virginia. … Continue reading

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Three Generations of Shoemakers: The Martin Family

For over 150-years, the Martin men were the shoemakers and shoe-repairmen in Alexandria, Virginia. Based on the 1850 and 1860 censuses, George Washington Martin’s parents were free people of colored in In the Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland. Read George W. … Continue reading

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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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