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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; First edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626190135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626190139
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Char McCargo Bah is a Senior Policy Writer for the federal government and also serves as a professional genealogist for the City of Alexandria's Freedmen's Cemetery Descendants Project. She is also the founder and writer of the blog The Other Alexandria and a recipient of the Alexandria Special History Award (2009).

Audrey Davis is the Acting Director for the Alexandria Black History Museum. Davis has served as the president of the Alexandria Historical Society and president of the Virginia Association of Museums. She also sits on the Board of Trustees for Preservation Virginia.

Gwendolyn Brown-Henderson is an Alexandria native, and a longtime member and president of the Missionary Society for the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Alexandria. Now retired, Brown-Henderson serves as president of the Alexandria Old School Alumni Association.

James Henson is a retired Baltimore lawyer from Alexandria. He was the first African American to serve as Assistant County Solicitor for Howard County, Maryland, and has taught law at Morgan State University and Howard Community College. A bronze star recipient, he is a lifelong member of the NAACP and has received many awards from Maryland governors.

Christa Watters is a writer, editor and community journalist who owns and operates WattersEdge, an editorial services business. Watters has worked for the Potomac Review, the Alexandria Gazette Packet and the Mount Vernon Gazette. She has also served on multiple committees through the city of Alexandria.


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African Ancestored genealogists and family historians get this book to learn how to look at and research the history of your community. This will broaden your perspective on your Ancestors' lives.

Five stars for Char McCargo Bah and her co-authors!
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By Michelle Todd on August 15, 2013
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Kudos to this group for writing and telling the rich afro-american history of Alexandria. I thoroughly enjoy reading the stories and biographies in the book. The authors didn't just write about the Beacons of Light that were well known in the community, but also those little known Beacons who contributed in so many other ways to the black community. This book is not just for native Alexandrians, but an asset to our continuing afro-american legacy. Being raised in Philadelphia, Pa, many of us did not experience the Jim Crow laws that were prevalent in the South. Special tribune to Char Bah, my mentor, who tirelessly continues her work for us.
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By Yvonne Bowling on August 9, 2013
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Being born and raised in Alexandria, VA, this is a keepsake!! Graduated with the Char McCargo Bah. Was mentored/taught with many mentioned in the book.
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By Char on July 21, 2013
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This review was written by Rita Murphy Harris:

Growing up in a segregated era in Alexandria, Virginia, I took for granted and didn't even realize all of the talent we had in our own community. The Artist, Athletes, Teachers, Scientist, Community Leaders and many other Professionals, and the like, were never recognized in a collective way, for the gifts and services they offered the community and humanity for that matter. Thanks to the book, African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia: Beacons Of Light In The Twentieth Century, that has been remedied. The book is well written and it guides the reader through an era in the African American community outlining the great talent that was there. It clearly brings to light all that was rendered by those persons mentioned in the book. My congratulations go out to the writers, in particular Char McCargo Bah, who worked tirelessly to accomplish this historical piece of work. I also appreciate and thank all of the writers for recognizing my dad, Elrich (Champ) Murphy.
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