The Other Alexandria: Highlighting 2019

Behind the scenes of the Alexandria Gazette Packet’s article on, “The Other Alexandria: Highlighting 2019 – dated January 9, 2020.

I want to let all of you know how much I appreciate our written conversations and the many genealogical topics along with Alexandria’s hometown stories we shared throughout 2019.

Below is a link to my last article of 2019 that came out this week, it highlights all of my articles for 2019 in the Alexandria Gazette Packet. I appreciate all of my followers and readers. I hope to continue our relationship during 2020.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Check out my article in the Alexandria Gazette Packet on page 8 at

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At Heart a Firefighter for Life: Gerald Amos Wanzer

Gerald Amos Wanzer

In the Alexandria Gazette Newspaper dated Wednesday, December 19, 2019, on page 6 and 7 is the story of Gerald Amos Wanzer. Gerald has historical ties to the community in the West End of Alexandria, VA known to many as Seminary.

You can read his story in the Gazette on page 6 and 7 at

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Parker-Gray School’s One-Hundred-Year Anniversary

On August 15, 2020, the Parker-Gray Alumni Association will be celebrating the 100-year Anniversary of Parker-Gray School. If you want to assist the Parker-Gray Alumni in planning this celebration or you want to attend this celebration, please contact Mrs. Alice Thompson at 703-549-8178.

You can read a recent article titled, We Were the “Bull Dogs: Parker-Gray School” at

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Beating The Odds: Patrick H. Lumpkins

Patrick H. Lumpkins had beaten the odds, he had a disability due to slavery but he excelled after the civil war. Besides being a teacher and a music director, he raised a family. His daughter, Helen Lumpkins Robinson Day, became a well-known teacher, choir director and community activist. In 1950s, Patrick’s son Patrick II was working for Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO).

You can read more about Patrick H. Lumpkins in the Alexandria Gazette newspaper dated November 20, 2019 at

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