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James Dent Walker chapter members

Ric Murphy

Freedom Road: An American Family Saga from Jamestown to World War

(AuthorHouse, Bloomington, IN 2014)
Freedom Road: An American Family Saga from Jamestown to World War" is an historic account of the oldest recorded African American family, and their participation and rich contributions to American history over a four hundred year period. Freedom Road is a compilation of well-documented individual stories that begins in Africa in 1483, and from there, spans over fifteen generations and three continents, and definitively changes our understanding of American history, showcasing the significant role that one African American family has played from colonial American history to present day.

                      Member Publications 

Linda Crichlow White

Back There, Then: A Historical Genealogical Memoir as written by her mother, Marietta Stevens Crichlow with notes by daughter, Linda
This book chronicles stories of their ancestors...beginning before the civil war in central Virginia--Nelson County, Appomattox County and Lynchburg, VA, continuing in the 20th century to Duquesne, Pennsylvania, Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, DC--notably Ledroit Park and Petworth.    

Introduction...Patsy Mose Fletcher
And the Name Goes On...Carole Hyman
Phi Tau Initiation...Edwin B. Washington, JR
Dorothy D. Campbell Whitfield...Elizabeth Braxton
An American Story...Tracy McDonald
The Story of Joseph Young...Patricia Braxton
Alfred J. and Hester Ann Harris...Stephanie Mills Trice
A History of the Kearse Family of Georgia...Gloria Fleming

Copyright © 2009 by the James Dent Walker Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Washington, DC

Carolyn Dungee Nicholas

Published a book about her mother, the Late Honorable Hilda Howland M. Mason, in 2008. HILDA is the epic story of five-term District of Columbia Council member Hilda Howland Minnis Mason.  The daughter of aspiring and determined, third-generation emancipated slaves, Hilda overcame a legacy of slavery, “Jim Crow” legal, social, economic, and political oppression of Afro-Virginians that followed closely behind the Emancipation, personal tragedies, and hardships to achieve social, economic and political prominence beyond her forbears' wildest imaginings. 

Patsy Mose Fletcher 
Historically African American Leisure Destinations around Washington, DC 
(Charleston: History Press, 2015)

From the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, African Americans in the Washington, D.C. area sought leisure destinations where they could relax without the burden of racial oppression. Local picnic parks such as Eureka and Madre's were accessible by streetcars. Black-owned steamboats ferried passengers seeking sun and sand to places like Collingwood Beach, and African American families settled into quiet beach-side communities along the Western Shore of Maryland. Author and public historian Patsy M. Fletcher reveals the history behind Washington's forgotten era of African American leisure.


Patsy Fletcher is a community development consultant and an independent historian.  She serves as the community outreach coordinator for the District of Columbia Office of Planning Historic Preservation Office.  Her articles have been published in a number of journals and in two seminal publications, African American Architects: A Biographical Dictionary 1865-1945 (2004) and The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide (1994, rev. 2005)

James Dent Walker, District of Columbia Chapter

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS)