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This is the memory book pamphlet for McKinley High School's 20th Anniversary celebration. The book created in 1987 features letters of welcome to the alumni from President Ronald Reagan, Mayor Marion Barry, and the Superintendent of the District of…

This is the McKinley High School yearbook for the year 1967. It was called "Techite". Its open pages features inscriptions from students for Patricia Ford, and a "Foreword" for the yearbook. Also inserted is copy of the 1987 "20th Year Class Reunion"…

This is the Cardozo High School yearbook for the year 1954. It was called "Purple Wave." It was probably owned by Martrel Blackwell King according to an inscription on its inside cover. Featured pages include a section recognizing the "Silver…

These are two images of students at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet, an African American dance school. The top photo depicts a dance concert in 1958. The bottom is a class occurring sometime between 1956-1958.

Patricia Ford Neal contributed…

This is a book called "The Dunbar Story (1870-1955)" by Mary G. Hundley. It is a history of Dunbar High School and was owned by Laurence E. Graves. It is annotated, possibly by Graves. The notes highlights some of the school's graduates and their…

This is Laurence E. Graves's 1940 yearbook from Dunbar High School, contributed by Patricia Ford Neal, who is his cousin. Graves has annotated the yearbook with clippings of obituaries for his classmates, which were collected between 1992 and 1995.…

These are two handmade cloth dolls called "pink dress doll and blue dress doll with hats" by its contributor Patricia Ford Neal. These dolls were created by Patricia's mother, Evelyn N. Ford in 1994-1996. They were a wedding gift for a bridesmaid,…

A rubber doll called "Mary Jane" by its contributor, Patricia Ford Neal. She acquired the doll sometime between 1956-1958 in her childhood when her aunt gave it to her. Her aunt "sent the doll to Santa Claus" to get hair in the same decade, which the…

A porcelain doll called "Mary Jane" by its contributor, Patricia Ford Neal. She acquired the doll in about 1956 in her childhood. Neal recalled that the doll was fragile, which meant that her family allowed her to play with on Christmas day each…

This is a photo of Patricia Ford and her Sixth Grade Class at John Burroughs Elementary School from the 1960- 1961 school year.

This a kindergarten grade report for Patricia Ford for the year 1954-1955. It was created by Mrs. Marjorie Beach at John Burroughs Elementary School in the District of Columbia school system. It details the basic subjects for the grade level…

This a sixth grade report for Patricia Ford for the year 1960-1961. It was created by Robert C. Hogan at John Burroughs Elementary School in the District of Columbia school system. It details the courses available in the school and those courses Ford…

This is a twelfth grade report for Patricia Ford. It was created by McKinley High School of the District of Columbia school system. It details Ford's courses and her performances. The section teacher is listed as Helen C. Wallace, and the principal's…

Don Murray starts the Panel by addressing question, to Mossi K. Tull, Deidre Gantt, Kevin Anderson and Njeri Jarvis, who are regular Washingtonians passionate about their culture, community and why they feel that the African American community should…

A discussion lead by Andrea Roane, Anchorwoman from Channel 9 morning news, discusses with, Jacqueline Trescott, Lucy Murray, Lois Dyer and Pamela Gentry. These four doll collectors go into detail about which kinds of dolls they collect and their…

American Women's Resource Center interview with Thelma Fagin-Hyman and Thelma Dale Perkins who are in their senior years engage in a lively conversation about their family background, experience of segregation, and the importance of their enrollment…

Dr. Eleanor W. Traylor Chair of the Department of English and Dr. Hassell McClellan, Honorary Chair open up the panel with an introduction to Hearts Day as a day where African American heritage is celebrated. Poet Laureate of Washington DC, Dolores…

This is a three part film that touches on subject of the civil war, the civil rights movement, and the steel strikes. The first part refers to Abraham Lincoln's thoughts and involvement in the Civil War.
The second part is documenting African…

As one of the early Caribbean newcomers to Washington in 1962, Walker was a point of reference for people of the West Indian community who poured into Washington from the 1960s through the 1980s. She guided newly appointed diplomatic staffs during…

This video confronts the corrosive impact of racism on the self-esteem of African Americans. The narrative focuses especially on the burden of "colorism"--the caste system that classifies blacks according to how closely their appearance conforms to a…

In the 1920s, Pullman Railroad was famous for the personal, elegant service delivered by their sleeping car porters. Known for their kindness, dignity, and smiles, the porters worked long hours, earned low wages, and had no job security. Miles of…

This planning meeting was organized by historians Kathy Smith and Marya McQuirter as an effort to get Shaw residents involved in the creation of the community's history exhibit at the then-planned Thurgood Marshall Center for Heritage and…

In celebration of Black History Month, the Greater New Hope Baptist Church invited DC area men's choral and popular music groups to perform songs of praise. This film documents those performances.

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