The Jesse W. and Marcella Ford Papers includes correspondence, clippings, photographs, reports, and artifacts that document
the life and activities of Jesse W. and Marcella Ford.
Jesse William Ford was born on January 9, 1890 in Dobson, Mississippi to David and Mattie Barnes Ford. After graduating from
Spring Hill High School in Florence, Mississippi, he moved to Little Rock, Arkansas during World War I and shortly thereafter
in 1925 became employed with the
Pullman Company as a sleeping car
porter, a position he would keep until his retirement in 1960. In 1926, he moved to Oakland, California and was active in numerous
clubs, organizations, and churches. He was a co-organizer of the Oakland camp of American Woodmen and served as a member of
the Board of Deacons of United Beth Eden Baptist Church in Oakland for over 30 years.
6.75 linear feet
(6 boxes + 2 oversized boxes)
Permission to publish from the Jesse W. and Marcella Ford Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library
No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.