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The Other Alexandria: ‘We Are the Mighty, Mighty Houston’

By Char McCargo Bah It was 1962 when Lawrence “Lucky” Elliott, who wore basketball jersey number 11, graduated from Parker-Gray High School. He enrolled in...

The Other Alexandria: Delivering the message

By Char McCargo Bah Many African Americans in Alexandria in 1940 were gearing up for World War II. The mandatory military draft was in place....

The Other Alexandria: An early victim of multiple sclerosis

By Char McCargo Bah In the 1940s, Corrine Idella Henry was full of life and dreams of one day marrying her military fiancé when she...

The Other Alexandria: A 160-year-old road map

By Char McCargo Bah Many former enslaved people made their way to Alexandria during the Civil War, and some of them decided to make Alexandria...

The Other Alexandria: The legacy of Helen Lumpkins Day

By Char McCargo Bah Helen Lumpkins Day, an educator at Parker-Gray School and Charles Houston Elementary School between the 1930s and 1970s, was a role...

Lauretta Dorsey Young sings for the world

By Char McCargo Bah Lauretta Dorsey Young was the voice heard ’round the world. She became a lyric soprano opera singer, performing for two former...

The Other Alexandria: The yesteryears of the Seminary community

By Char McCargo Bah Long ago during the Civil War and after, many African Americans migrated to the Seminary area called Falls Church. They bought...

The Other Alexandria: A history of service

By Char McCargo Bah Every time Aaron Banks sees the military or hears about it, he thinks about his own family that has served in...

The Other Alexandria: Sarah A. Gray: Principal of Hallowell School

By Char McCargo Bah During the Civil War, contrabands, former enslaved people, entered Union controlled areas for protection, food, shelter and clothing. They also needed...

The Other Alexandria: A 150-year history of the Contee-Gibson Family

By Char McCargo Bah Few African American families in Alexandria have lived on one block for almost 150 years like the Contee-Gibson family. Myron Contee is...