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John Hocker, Buckingham, 1957, unknown photographer John Hocker, 1968, attending University of Virginia Upward Bound Program, unknown photographer

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The photographer for the picture of Albert Hocker is unknown, as is the date. Albert, or as his friends called him, Mann was—according to Curtis Lee, grandson now 72 years old—a hard-working man who usually worked 2-3 jobs. He was a farmer, pulp wood entrepreneur, and a local laborer. Albert, though, was primarily a farmer 3 who owned approximately 25 acres of land in Howardsville4, had a barn large enough to hold two horses and the concomitant feed for the horse and also worked in the timber and lumber business. According to my first cousin “Little Curtis”, our grandfather would sometimes haul a load of wood to Farmville with a horse and wagon (a distance of about 30 miles). Curtis helped granddaddy do field/farm work picking crops for other farmers as a teenager. Our grandfather also had an enterprising business selling” spirits’ to his neighbors and other locals. Our grandfather was hard-working, enterprising, and mentor. And he did all of this even though he had a deformed left knee and deformed left elbow (according to his World War I draft registration card & other accountings). According to Curtis Lee, Granddaddy didn’t take any foolishness from anyone, loved the ladies, and drove a 1954 Chevys.

In 1920 black Americans made up 14 percent of all the farmers in the nation and worked 16 million acres of land. Today, battling the onslaught of globalization, changing technology, an aging workforce, racist lending policies, and even the U.S. Department of Agriculture, black farmers account for less than 1 percent of the nation's farmers and cultivate fewer than 3 million acres of farmland. Inside these statistics is a staggering story of human loss: when each farm closed, those farmers, their spouses, children, grandchildren, and the people they hired, all had to leave a way of life that had existed in their families for generations. 4 Howardsville—a small black community of approximately 70 blacks about 3 miles from the banks of the James River, in a spot that came together at the border of three counties: Buckingham, Albemarle, and Nelson. 3

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Curtis Lee, Buckingham County, Free and Rosas Hocker Lee son [2018]


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Hocker Family Collage—Aaliyah & Charles Hocker, Cat, Dora, Eva & Carrie Hocker, Jim and Dora Hocker, Ned Hocker, Albert Hocker, Lizzie, Tommy and Willie Blakey, Eva Hocker, Alice & Dots Hocker, Ned Hocker, Clarence “Popeye” Lee, Richard Hocker, Rosa Hocker, Annie Hocker, Albert Hocker & unknown female, Jim Hocker, Jim Hocker, Lizzie & Dora Hocker, Cat Hocker, Earl Hocker & wife, Jonica & Joshua Hocker, Melissa & Letica Turner, Alice Hocker, Annie, Alice & Dora Hocker, John Hocker & Tyaja Calloway, Tyaja Calloway, Earl and Family, Curtis Lee, Charles Curtis Banks, Bessie & Eva Hocker 6

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Annie Pearl Hocker Bailey is the oldest living of Albert and Bessie Hockeer’s kids. This picture was taken around 2018. 11

Annie Pearl Hocker Blakey, circa 2018

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Rosa Annabelle Hocker Lee Amos (1910)

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Ned Edward Hocker (1917)

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Rachael Alice Hocker, Dora Susie Hocker

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Annie Pearl Hocker

Elizabeth Blakey, Tommy Blakely & Willie Blakey (around 1960)

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Annie Pearl Blakey, June 23018

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Tatiana and Annie Blakey

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James Hocker, Dora Susie Hocker Alice Hocker

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Angelica Chambers (Family Reunion, / 1999) Mary Ann Amos (Gough); date unknown / Daughter of Arthur and Rosa Amos (Hocker)

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Catherine (Cat) Hocker; Dora Hocker (Banks); Eva Hocker (Pierce); Carrie Hocker Buckingham, around 1970]


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John Hocker, Dora Hocker, Bessie Hocker (1980s) Dora Banks, Dog: Roscoe (every dog was named Roscoe

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Dora Banks, John Hocker holding Jonica Hocker, Curtis Banks, Charles Hocker, Richard Hocker [back row, left to right] Willie Banks, Robert Banks [bottom row, left to right] / Photo: 1981 28

John Hocker (1976) at Virginia Tech; Graduated from VA Tech, then known as Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, May 1977

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Bessie Hocker (Carter) and John Hocker [1957] 30

This house was where Vangie Amos lived, but from my recollections is similar in style to the house Albert and Bessie Hocker lived

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Melissa and Letisha Turner (Charles Hocker kids Wood Grill Buffet: Charlottesville, Virginia (1999) Front row: Robert Banks, Kyshara Carter, Ethel Banks (Brice), Gary Brice Back Row: Raymond Carter, Bessie Carter, Deyon Brice, Willie Banks 33 John Hocker, Richard Hocker, Willie Banks (2007) 31 32

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Dora Banks, King’s Dominion, Richmond, VA Dora Banks and Family (1980) Front Row: Willie Banks, Robert Banks Back Row: Dora Banks, John Hocker, Jonica Hocker, Curtis Banks, Curtis Banks, Richard Hocker 36

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Charles Curtis Banks, worked in the pulp woo industry in Buckingham County, Alberene Stone in Schuyler, VA, and Frank IX Corporation in Charlottesville, VA [Stepfather who was a hardworking man, and family provider] 37

Earl Hocker and Carrie Hocker, Brother and Sister (Family Reunion, 1999)

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Anderson Sisters, Dora Hocker’s Childhood Friends; Addie Jones in background (photo taken at Carter G. Woodson High Reunion These women were role models and mentors to me 39 Clarence “Popeye” Lee (Family Reunion, 1999) According to Betsy Ann Lee and Curtis Lee, there was an unusually large concrete block under the “Big Tree” hangout at the corner of Route 602 and Axtell Road in Howardsville that only Popeye could lift effortlessly over his head. The concrete was something that only two of the other men could lift or carry, a testament to his unerring gift of strength. My biggest memory of Popeye was him living with us and always calling Dora Hocker his mother. According to census records, they were living with Albert and Bessie in 1940, and as a child prodigy, Dora spent time helping to raise the young lad. He was also someone everyone looked up to in the Howardsville community and was always a friend in need or deed—a typical Hocker trait I find in those I know. 38

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Lamont Calloway, Jonica Calloway (Hocker), and Tyaja Calloway (Family Reunion, 1999)

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First Cousins: Bessie Hocker, Eva Hocker, Catherine Hocker [Reunion photo]

Crystal Hocker, Family Reunion photo

Annie Blakely (Family Reunion, 1999) Akeen Pierce, Ebony Hocker, Dew Hocker

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Raymond Carter and mom, Lena Smith Carter (1960)

Charles Hocker, Robert Banks, Willie Banks, Raymond Carter (1977) 46 Tommy Blakey 47 Dora Banks, Marcus Hocker Banks 45

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Jerome Scott, son of Reginal Scott and Alice Marie Hocker (Scott)

Jennifer Jones (Charles Hocker’s step daughter, Mary Ann Amos) Aaliyah Hocker, Debbie Mills, Charles Hocker (2005)

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Lester Carrington, Family Friend & Mentor to John Hocker [Schuyler Virginia, 1990s} Transportation, Family Reunion photo

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Alice Scott, Bessie Carter Raymond Carter, Jerome Scott

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Earl Hocker’s wife, Earl Hocker, Eva Hocker, “Cat” Hocker, Family Reunion photo

Richard Hocker 59 Betsy Ann Lee, Eva Hocker (Pierce, Willie Banks; Family Reunion photo 60 Willie Banks, Crystal Hocker, Robert Banks, Family Reunion photo 58

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The ferryman for the dedication day was Ned Hocker, standing with ferry pole in hand at photo right. [September 1973 photo] [Copyright © 2001 by Scottsville Museum] In this September 1973 photo, Richard Thomas rides across the James River in an antique car aboard Hatton Ferry. Beside him is seated Dorothy Hamner. Standing behind the car with a movie camera is James Tindall, Jr., with Bickie (Martin) Tindall.

Earl Hocker’s wife, Earl Hocker, Eva Hocker, “Cat” Hocker, Family Reunion photo 62 61

Earl Hocker

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Dora Banks Family in Schuyler, VA (1990) /Front Row: Lorenzo Scott (basketball player extraordinaire, Charles Curtis Banks, John Hocker (another b’baller)/ Second Row: Natasha Scott, Deyon Brice, Jonica Hocker, Ethel Banks Third Row: Alice Scott, Dora Banks, Karen Hocker, Bessie Hocker /Last Row: Garry Brice [Looking at everybody laughing, the photographer had to be Robert Banks] 63

Basketball; Virginia Tech (1970s); Left to right: John Hocker, Harvey (Tennessee State engineer), Willie Banks, Roy (Prairie View A&M engineer) 64

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John Hocker, Curtis Banks, Robert Banks Cat Hocker, Alice Hocker, Ethel Banks, Charles Hocker, Aaliyah Hocker (Salem Baptist Church)

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1999 reunion [Charlottesville, Virginia) Lashawn Morales, James White, Charlene Bass (upper left); Cat Hocker (upper right); Tatiana (lower bottom left); Willie Blakey (lower bottom right)—1999 reunion

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Jerome Scott’s son, Jonica Hocker, Jerome Scott’s daughter, Natasha Scott, Roscoe Gilmore

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Reginald Scott, Father to Natasha Scott and Jerome Scott [Salem Baptist in background] John and Vetra Hocker, Family Photos, 1980

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Norman G. Brown, John Hocker & Alma Austin’s father John Hocker, Alma Austin [brother/sister: Son and daughter of Norman Brown] [“discovered” the connection in 2015] 74 John Hocker, Esther Karanja (longtime friend of John Hocker) 75 John Hocker, Esther Karanja, Joshua Hocker, Joshua Hocker, Roanoke Airport; Joshua leaving to work in Shanghai, China [William and Mary Graduate] 76 Caroline Carter, John Hocker, Ethel Banks, Deyon Brice, Barbara Banks, Robert Banks, Alice Scott, Jonica Hocker, R.J. Scott [2012] 77 Front Row: Autumn Taylor (John’s friend), Ethel Banks Brice, Garry Brice, Brenda Banks (Willie Banks’ wife), 72 73

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Back Row: Robert Banks, Alice Scott, Bessie Carter, Willie Banks [around 1998 in Baltimore] 78 Collage (pictures in from upper left-hand corner to lower right corner): Joshua Hocker, Esther Karanja, Kyshara Carter, Bessie Carter, Joshua Hocker, Robert Banks, John Hocker, Mitchell Reid & John Hocker, multiple photos taken by Aaliyah Hocker (Charles Hocker’s daughter), Aubrey Cottrell’s daughter, Kyshara Carter, Aaliyah, Mitchell/John, Ethel Banks, Aaliyah

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Jennifer Jones (Charles Hocker, stepdaughter), Mary Ann Amos (2001) Santa Fe Jones Hocker (Charles Hocker, wife) 81 Pictures taken at Bessie Carter’s house 2001; 79 80

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Carter G. Woodson, class of 1071 Front Row: Connie Coles, Arthur Amos, Sheila Jones, Mary Ann Amos, Back Row: Leroy Turner, Robert Banks, unidentified behind Sheila, Aubrey Cottrell, Dwight Cottrell, Ernest Jackson 84 In my estimation, the only picture taken that has perhaps the largest number of family and friends growing up in the same neighborhood at one setting with no prior scheduled event. Picture probably taken Salem Baptist Church (Howardsville). 82

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Joshua Hocker, 2008 Addressed envelope from Bessie me (2008) ((the primary way of communicating when moving away)

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Charles Hocker, Robert Banks, Willie Banks, Raymond Carter (around 1975 in Schuyler, VA) John Hocker, 1968 in Howardsville, Bringing water from the spring

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Joshua Taylor Hocker, William and Mary Graduate, 2015. Working in Shanghai, china in 2018; attended Fudan University in Shanghai, China for one year (John Hocker’s son) 104

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HockerPhotoBook Creation  

A magazine style publication showcasing sixty years of photos

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A magazine style publication showcasing sixty years of photos

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