Category Archives: Entrepreneurs

“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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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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1934 Alexandria, Virginia Black Businesses

African Americans in Alexandria, Virginia had a long history of entrepreneurial skills. Prior to the passing of the Social Security Act in 1935, people did not have retirement pensions unless they worked for the State or Federal government. The government … Continue reading

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