The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society

The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society The primary goal is to share the history of African Americans in order to describe the role they played and the contributions they made during the Civil War at Fort Ward and in helping to create the Seminary community. African Americans were crucial
The organization’s programs foster an invaluable human service to the public and Fort Ward visitors. Our programs are intended to provide research assistance to families and help many individuals find new meaning in their personal histories and in their communities. Our presence in the community is intended to prompt our visitors, African Americans as well as those of all ethnic backgrounds, to research their own personal history as it relates to the Fort Ward and the Seminary community. Through genealogical studies, family mementos, and family stories, participants - students, scholars and families - will become inspired by what they learned from the organization and continue to study their ancestral relationship to the America Civil War. For Further Information To learn more about the Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society contact the following members of the Steering Committee, Post Office Box or page. J. Glenn Eugster "glenn eugster" ; Lena Rainey "Lena Rainey" ; Joyce Sanchez "raymondsanchez" ; Fran Terrell "fterrell56" ; Gerald. A. Wanzer "gerald wanzer" ; Adrienne Washington, President "awashdiva" ; The Ft. Ward & Seminary African American Descendants Society, Inc., PO Box 16014, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society ... Welcome to a page about The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society. Join Facebook to start connecting with The Ft. Ward and ... www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ft-Ward.../132725506752080 - Cached
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We describe, interpret, protect and celebrate the living legacy of African Americans who contributed to the defenses of Washington, D.C. at Fort Ward in an effort to win their own freedom which has led to a more perfect Union.

Mission: "To preserve with honor and dignity the legacy of the African American ancestors who inhabited the Fort Ward, established the self-sustaining Seminary Community, and founded the Oakland Baptist Church."

Notice:Festivities cancelled for Sunday, June 10 Check back later
06/07/2018

Notice:
Festivities cancelled for
Sunday, June 10

Check back later

06/07/2018

Ft. Ward Commeration Ceremony is temporally postponed. Will notify of new date

Older posting but still relevant
05/14/2018

Older posting but still relevant

Society Urges City to Protect the Craven Home and Warming Hut at Fort Ward Park

The Fort Ward and Seminary African American Descendant Society, Inc. appointee to the Fort Ward Park Management Plan Implementation Committee has urged CIty of Alexandria Department heads and their staff to take actions to protect two fragile areas within Fort Ward Park. The remnants of the Craven home and the park's first greenhouse, known as the "warming hut", have been adversely impacted by park maintenance vehicle traffic. The Craven site is on the backside of the fort. The warming hut is behind the restroom/ park managers building.

Society representative J. Glenn Eugster verbally and in writing requested that these two sites be protected with some sort of emergency stabilization. Each area has the potential to be featured in the upcoming interpretative plan which J. Lance Mallamo of the Office of HIstoric Alexandria is developing.

The advisory committee meets Thursday evening to discuss this and other items of interest to the park.

CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Starting 2018 off with a cover photo of the VTS Annual Report: Dedication of St. Cyprian's...
01/05/2018

CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Starting 2018 off with a cover photo of the VTS Annual Report: Dedication of St. Cyprian's labrinth on Seminary grounds!

We made the cover of Virginia Theological Seminary’s 2017 Annual Report

We made the cover of Virginia Theological Seminary’s 2017 Annual Report
01/05/2018

We made the cover of Virginia Theological Seminary’s 2017 Annual Report

Photos from today's Virginia Theological Seminary's dedication of the St. Cyprian's Labyrinth honoring our Ft. Ward and ...
10/11/2017

Photos from today's Virginia Theological Seminary's dedication of the St. Cyprian's Labyrinth honoring our Ft. Ward and Seminary African American ancestors who lived, worked and worshipped on or near its grounds.

09/30/2017

WE WANT ALL DESCENDANTS, Cravens, Randalls, Wanzers, Terrells, Caseys, Belks, Adams, Halls, Ashbys, Woods, Johnsons, Simms, Colberts, Brooks, Bradbys, Henrys, Lewis, et. al, to COME TO THE DEDICATION, on WEDNESDAY, October 11 at 12:30 p.m.

HERE IS THE INVITATION:

Dear Ms. Washington:

Greetings from VTS and the African American Episcopal Historical Collection! I believe I last ran into you at Episcopal High’s MLK commemoration. I do hope all has been well with you since then.

Earlier this year, the seminary’s graduating class of 2017, along with the class of 2009, donated funds to create a labyrinth on campus, and they decided to name it in honor of St. Cyprian’s Chapel. It will be formally dedicated during our Alumni Convocation on Wednesday, October 11 at 12:30 pm.

It is my privilege to invite you to this event. Given your dedication to the history of this city, we would be honored if you would join us. Please let me know if you can make it, and I can provide you with further information about the location of the labyrinth.

We would also love to have descendants of the St. Cyprian’s community present on this occasion. I wonder—do you have a sense of the best way to spread the word to them? Any ideas you have in this regard would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks for your time and attention, and I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,
Joe

Joseph Downing Thompson, Jr., Ph.D.,
Archivist for the African American Episcopal Historical Collection,
Visiting Professor of African American Studies, and Director of Multicultural Ministries

Virginia Theological Seminary Box 148
3737 Seminary Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22304

703-461-1732
[email protected]

06/14/2017
The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society

Come Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m, at Ft. Ward Park, to HONOR OUR PAST with ceremony, song, prayers and memories.

REMINDER: Our rescheduled annual program commemorating our Ft. Ward and Seminary ancestors is THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 17, from 10 am to 11 am at Ft. Ward Park, West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22304:

HONORING OUR PAST: A Birthday Celebration honoring Clara Adams and Fort Ward's Rich African American History.

Program includes, prayers, wreath laying, well wishes from city leaders, remembrances from descendants and a walking tour following the program.

SEE YOU THERE!

06/14/2017

REMINDER: Our rescheduled annual program commemorating our Ft. Ward and Seminary ancestors is THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 17, from 10 am to 11 am at Ft. Ward Park, West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22304:

HONORING OUR PAST: A Birthday Celebration honoring Clara Adams and Fort Ward's Rich African American History.

Program includes, prayers, wreath laying, well wishes from city leaders, remembrances from descendants and a walking tour following the program.

SEE YOU THERE!

05/11/2017
The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 130 p.m at Ft. Ward Park; annual ancestors' commemoration at "Aunt Clara's" gravesite.

HI FOLKS! It's that time again, and we are planning our annual tribute to our "Fort" ancestors with the gravesite tribute to "Aunt Clara" Adams on Sunday, June 4 (after church services somewhere between 1-130 pm.) We will lay flowers, have prayers, sing a few spirituals AND tell tales about the old days at "the Fort."
Let us know here with a comment, on if you're able to come. Love to see old familiar faces!

05/11/2017

HI FOLKS! It's that time again, and we are planning our annual tribute to our "Fort" ancestors with the gravesite tribute to "Aunt Clara" Adams on Sunday, June 4 (after church services somewhere between 1-130 pm.) We will lay flowers, have prayers, sing a few spirituals AND tell tales about the old days at "the Fort."
Let us know here with a comment, on if you're able to come. Love to see old familiar faces!

The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society
04/11/2017

The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society

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04/11/2017

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The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society

04/07/2017

FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 10 AM TO 4 PM; FT. WARD PARK, BRADDOCK ROAD, ALEXANDRIA, VA.

Hi Descendants, We are NEED VOLUNTEERS to staff The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society information table at Ft. Ward's first event featuring USCT (US Colored Troops) reenactors and famous abolitionist characters like Frederick Douglass and Harriett Tubman. If you can't volunteer to pass out flyers and talk about our "Fort" community, come out and support the program that sheds light on the how African Americans fought for their freedom during the Civil War.
Call 703-628-1726 for more details.

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History
02/18/2017
ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Congressman Elijah Cummings who represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives wrote a column for the Afro-American Newspapers entitled “A Lesson from Black History” discussing the mission of ASALH and this year’s black history month theme. Representative Elijah E. Cummings

Also hear Ft. Ward descendant Adrienne Terrell Washington give her weekly political roundup.
02/09/2017

Also hear Ft. Ward descendant Adrienne Terrell Washington give her weekly political roundup.

Don’t miss ASALH’s executive director Sylvia Cyrus discuss the 91st annual black history luncheon on the Lyndia Grant show on 2.10.17 at 6pm (EST).

Listen online: http://ow.ly/L6GC308Rp5e
#CarterGWoodson #ASALH #blackhistoryluncheon

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History
02/04/2017

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

“Be ready. Be qualified. Own something. Be somebody. That’s black power.” - Singer James Brown. Register for the #blackhistoryluncheon on Saturday, Feb. 25th. https://asalh100.org/ #CarterGWoodson #asalh

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History
02/01/2017

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Carter G. Woodson’s home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and later established as a National Historic Site by the National Park Service for its national significance in African American cultural heritage. ASALH was originally headquartered in the home until 1970. Register for the #blackhistoryluncheon on Saturday, Feb. 25th. https://asalh100.org/ #CarterGWoodson #ASALH

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History
01/30/2017

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Rev. Dr. Gwen Boyd, 22nd President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Ingrid Saunders Jones, president of the National Council of Negro Women, will participate in a special presentation of the new Dorothy Height US Postal stamp at ASALH’s annual black history luncheon on Saturday, February 25. Height is honored as the 40th stamp in the Black Heritage Forever series. The civil rights activist and icon was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and served as a national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Register for the luncheon: https://asalh100.org/ #blackhistoryluncheon #ASALH #CarterGWoodson

The Fight to Revive Virginia's Historic Black Cemeteries | WAMU
01/26/2017
The Fight to Revive Virginia's Historic Black Cemeteries | WAMU

The Fight to Revive Virginia's Historic Black Cemeteries | WAMU

pFor roughly a century, the state of Virginia has funded the maintenance and upkeep of confederate cemeteries, but no such funding has been designated for historic African American burial grounds./p

09/23/2016

For those who descendants who don't know: Oakland Baptist Church is celebrating its 125th anniversary this weekend with Family and Friends activities Saturday and Sunday with 2 services 10 am & 3 p.m.) Yes, "We're Still Here!"

Spirits?
08/16/2016

Spirits?

Young deer, in the morning light at the Old Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery, silently looking over the sacred ground. August 16, 2016.

07/26/2016

Spent weekend giving mini-lectures on behalf of the Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society about our ancestors to teen archeology campers from Alexandria and the National Park Service, as well as older folks attending the Wanzer Family Reunion.

06/11/2016

REMINDER:
SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 1.pm.

We will be hosting our annual commemoration of Clara Adams' birthday on Sunday, June 11 at 1 p.m., with a brief ceremony of prayer, song and flowers. Although we honor Clara Adams, she is a symbol to represent ALL our descendant families to whom we are indebted for founding and fostering our Fort and Seminary community which is still standing after 150 plus years. We will also provide a brief update on the work we are doing in conjunction with the City of Alexandria to preserve our history.
Love to see relatives of some of our descendant families, such as the Wanzers, Roys, Adams, Caseys, Terrells, Johnsons, Woods, Belks, Randall's, Ashbys, Jacksons, Brooks, Bradbys, McKnights, Lewis, Henry's, etc.
Questions: call Adrienne Terrell Washington, 703-628-1726

06/06/2016

Fort Ward Drainage Improvements Moving Forward

From: David Fehr
Date: June 6, 2016, 11:43:20 AM EDT
To: "[email protected]" , "[email protected]" , "[email protected]" , "[email protected]" , Francine Bromberg
Cc: Tafesse Gyes , Brian Rahal , "Joel Koziol ([email protected])" , Lisa Robrahn
Subject: Fort Ward Drainage Improvements

All,

Please be advised the city expects to commence construction of the proposed drainage improvements within approximately two weeks.
The contractor is JK Construction.

Contractor point of contact is Joel Kolziol
[email protected]
(301) 674-5074


I will not be available to respond to this email for a month.
Any questions or concerns please contact Tafesse Gyes 703-746-4051

David Fehr, P.E.
City of Alexandria
Department of Project Implementation
Room 3200
301 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
703.746.4060 (direct)
703.282.9619 (mobile)
www.alexandriava.gov

06/03/2016

NOTICE:
We are POSTPONING are annual commemoration of Clara Adams's birthday on Sunday, June 5 due to muddy conditions at the Fort and to the weather forecast for even more rain. Thanks to Susan Cumbey of the Ft. Ward Museum for having the grass mowed around Aunt Clara's grave which I hope will hold until next Sunday, June 12, after Oakland Baptist Church service.
As is our annual custom, we use this time to honor all our ancestors who lived and worked at "The Fort" with a brief ceremony of prayer, song and a wreath laying. If anyone has questions or would like to contribute to the cost of a wreath, please contact me at 703-628-1726 or Brenda Adams at [email protected].
Thanks,
Adrienne Terrell Washington
Director of the Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society.

This marker represents untold numbers of unmarked graves of African Americans who lived, worked and worshipped in or nea...
03/25/2016

This marker represents untold numbers of unmarked graves of African Americans who lived, worked and worshipped in or near Ft. Ward

Fort Ward's Old Grave Yard: Headstone Restoration Work

Truth
02/06/2016

Truth

City Interview Reveals Fort Ward Park Graves “Were Exhumed”.

Project Name City of Alexandria Employees – Fort Ward Project
Title Interview with Steve Tompkins (City of Alexandria employee)
Date of Interview August 12, 2010

Interviewer Steven Shephard (City of Alexandria employee). Also Present (and participating) at the Interview Lance Mallamo, the Director of the Office of Historic Alexandria, and Fran Bromberg, City of Alexandria Archaeologist

“Okay, Colonel Mitchell told me that the graves in here were exhumed. Does that mean every grave or everyone that he was aware of? I don’t know. [unclear] But they were exhumed. But you are still going to find grave shafts. So--”. Steve Tompkins.

“Well the other thing too is, as, you know, cemeteries go, they may look like they have more stones at first, then some fall over, they go in the ground, so after a while it looks like stones aren't there anymore but they may still be there”. Steve Shephard.

Hidden City Philadelphia
02/04/2016
Hidden City Philadelphia

Hidden City Philadelphia

Black culture and historic preservation in conversation. Co-editor Michael Bixler talks with activist and All That Philly Jazz director Faye Anderson about the Malcolm X house in Sharswood and the state of saving built African American heritage.

African American Songhttp://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200197451/
02/04/2016
African American Song

African American Song

http://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200197451/

From rappers like André 3000 (1975–) and pop stars like Michael Jackson (1958–2009), to opera singers like Denyce Graves (1964–) and gospel artists like Yolanda Adams (1961–), African American vocal artists continue to shake up and shape the musical culture of the United…

Dominion To Award $1 Million In Environmental Grantshttp://www.alexandrianews.org/dominion-to-award-1-million-in-environ...
02/04/2016
Dominion To Award $1 Million In Environmental Grants

Dominion To Award $1 Million In Environmental Grants
http://www.alexandrianews.org/dominion-to-award-1-million-in-environmental-grants/

Dominion Resources announced that it will provide $1 million in environmental
stewardship grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in its service area.
Applications for up to $50,000 each are due by March 1, 2016.

Dominion Resources announced that it will provide $1 million in environmental stewardship grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in its service area. Applications for up to $50,000 each are due by March 1, 2016.

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The primary goal is to share the history of African Americans in order to describe the role they played and the contributions they made during the Civil War at Fort Ward and in helping to create the Seminary community. African Americans were crucial to the war effort; and that the war is best understood not just as a military phenomenon, but as a social and political one as well. The hope is to assist the public with researching and ultimately gaining pride in connecting with their ancestor's personal story and their fight to make America a better country through their service. For more information on Fort Ward Park see: http://glenneugstercomcastnet.blogspot.com/

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City Leaders Move to Open-up Old Maintenance Yard Leaders of the Office of Historic Alexandria(OHA) are hosting a "Community Open-House" at Fort Ward Park & Museum this Sunday, November 18, 2018, between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to explain the draft interpretive plan for Fort Ward. The plan has been prepared by OHA staff, their consultant and hand-picked experts. One area that may spark community interest is the city's plans for the old park maintenance yard and nursery area. At the moment the plan calls for a ghost structure, similar to what you may have seen in Philadelphia at a Ben Franklin historic site. As the interpretive plan moves ahead the Alexandria Recreation & Parks Department is moving ahead with plans to regrade the yard and take down the fences around that part of the park so that it may be public open space. This decision seems premature given that the interpretive plan for the area has not been approved; equipment and debris from the maintenance and nursery operation have not been cleared; and adjacent homeowners have not been involved in the city's plans. The last time city leaders repurposed this part of the park, without permits or public notice, it set-off a ten-year clash with community leaders and historic preservation interests. It is not apparent whether or not different city departments are working together on this plan or why adjacent property owners haven't been contacted by the city, their consultants or the hand-picked committee working on the draft plan. The Fort Ward Park & Museum Management Plan does envision some sort of use for this portion of the historic park. However before the city opens the area for public use the yard needs to be cleared of equipment and debris; regrading plans need to be coordinated with the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services to ensure their won't be more problems with water drainage; and adjacent homeowners need to be given meaningful input before any plan for interpretation or use of the area. Hopefully Sunday's open-house will clarify where city leaders are going with plans for this sacred area. J. Glenn Eugster November 14, 2018 Fort Ward Observer
Fort Ward Observer: May 17, 2017 J. Glenn Eugster Good things are happening at Fort Ward Park. As Memorial Day and the "official start" of summer begins activities at Fort Ward Park and Museum are ramping-up. Some of the events planned include opportunities for park users and visitors to: �Enjoy music on Saturday May 20 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Armed Forces Day Concert to be held at the Fort Ward Park Amphitheater. Pay respect to the Fort Ward families on Sunday June 4 at 1:30 p.m at the annual ancestors' commemoration to take place at "Aunt Clara's" gravesite in the Fort Ward Park maintenance yard. Learn about Civil War soldier and civilian life when Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site presents Civil War Camp Day on Saturday, June 10. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family. The program is weather dependent. Park maintenance is an ongoing responsibility of the City of Alexandria and this month is no exception. The City's managers are dealing with the termites attacking the Fort Ward gate. They are also trying to determine who approved the removal of a large and healthy tree not far from the children's playground. The Oakland Baptist Church leaders, who own and maintain a cemetery surrounded by Fort Ward Park and private landowners, responded to community concerns about the activities of their maintenance company. Church leaders arranged for the company to remove leaves from the cemetery which were dumped in the park. Unfortunately city leaders are less responsive to concerns about other dumping debris into the stream channel down-slope from the cemetery. Despite a great deal of discussion about the use of "best-practices" to manage the park there is little evidence that maintenance practices have truly improved since the Fort Ward Park Management Plan was approved. Hope springs eternal however and community-nudging still seems to eventually get action.