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Diana Redman

Diana Redman graduated from Ohio State University and works in the Ohio Department of Human Services. After she won a Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest in high school, her grandmother Ida Mae Young Redman told her of her connection to Thomas Jefferson. She has a love of history, especially about the lives and contributions of "everyday" people, and is proud of her family: "Whatever you want to do, the family is here to support and help you accomplish what you want."

Martha Fletcher

In 1998, the pastor and several members of Cumminsville Baptist Church in Cincinnati generously shared what they had heard about the founder of their church. The Rev. Peter Fossett’s presence is still vivid a century after his death. His photograph is in the vestibule of the church building, in which the congregation moved because of construction of an interstate highway. The Rev.

Edna Bolling Jacques

Edna Jacques grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Howard University, with a master’s degree in mathematics.  She was the first minority hired by IBM in Philadelphia and achieved further “firsts” for women and minorities in her thirty years at the company.  She grew up listening to stories of her Bolling and Hemmings ancestors told by her great-aunt Olive Rebecca Bolling (1847–1953).  She heard of the beauty of the Hemmingses and the accomplishments of her great-grandfather Samuel P.

H. Ray Malone

Ray Malone was a software developer, after a career in broadcasting, and owner of radio stations.  His ancestors, of Irish origin, arrived in the Chillicothe, OH, area in the early nineteenth century and were farmers in Ross County.  From his uncle and grandfather, Malone heard stories about Madison Hemings that had come through his great-great-uncle Benjamin Malone, Hemings’s neighbor. 


Stephen De Windt

Stephen De Windt moved with his family from the San Francisco Bay area to Pasadena when he was twelve.  He attended Pasadena City College and Arizona State University.  After a career in the airline industry, he became an actor—a “background artist”—in Hollywood.


John Q. T. King

John Quill Taylor King was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Alice Woodson, a teacher, and John Quill Taylor, a doctor.  When his mother remarried after his father’s death, he took the surname of his stepfather, Charles King, a funeral director.  King graduated from Fisk University in 1941 and then entered the  U.S. Army.  He retired from the Army Reserves as a Major General. 

J. Calvin Jefferson

Calvin Jefferson, who is descended from the Grangers as well as the Hemingses of Monticello, grew up in Washington, DC.  After working for the U. S. Postal Service, he became an archivist for the National Archives and Records Administration, from which he retired in 2007 after thirty years.  He did not learn of his family's connection to Monticello until 1996.  He has a strong interest in his family history and continues research on the Hemings family, particularly Betty Brown and her descendants.


Joyce Dorsey Harrod

Joyce Harrod grew up in the Washington, DC area, where she still lives. Ms. Harrod is an artist and teaches art to middle school students. Her father, George Harrod, was the first African American to hold various positions in the federal government. In her interview, she expressed herself as very proud of her father and said her grandmother had led “a model life” as a person of strong faith and “an independent woman”: “She continues to be an inspiration to me.”

Robert H. Cooley III

Robert Cooley, attorney, judge, and magistrate, was the son of Ruth Golden and Robert H. Cooley II.  He graduated from Virginia Union University and Howard University Law School.  He spent eight years as an attorney in the U. S. Army, being awarded the Army Commendation Medal.  Of his army service in Europe he said, “ I was free…I was not a black person.  I was an American.”

James T. Wiley

James Wiley, a Tuskegee Airman, received a degree in physics from the University of Pittsburgh and wanted to be a scientist, but because of his race could only get a job as a chauffeur.  He obtained his pilot's license and went to the Tuskegee Institute, a "paradise," as an instructor.  After enlisting in 1942, he served in the famed 99th Pursuit Squadron of the Army Air Force, flew more than a hundred missions over southern Europe, and was awarded the Air Medal.  In 1965, Colonel Wiley retired from "a wonderful military career" and then worked for fifteen years as a customer engineer with



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