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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Historian to Publish Detailed Book on the Quander Family, One of America’s Oldest Documented African American Families

Historian and retired DC Judge Rohulamin Quander has launched a crowdfunding campaign to publish a detailed book about the Quander Family.

Rohulamin Quander

Rohulamin Quander

Washington, DC — The Quander Historical and Educational Society Inc. (QHES), led by its founder, author and historian Rohulamin Quander, is raising funds on GoFundMe to underwrite the first publication of a comprehensive, detailed historical account of the internationally known Quander family, one of the oldest documented African American families in the country.

The Quanders trace their lineage almost 350 years to the 1670’s in colonial Maryland. A branch of the family was enslaved by President George Washington at the Mount Vernon Plantation.

Rohulamin has dedicated years researching historical archives in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, bringing together a broad knowledge and record of the family story, as well as documenting the family’s oral history through which, in part, the family name was traced back to Ghana in West Africa. A recent Emmy Award-winning exposé entitled “I Am Quander” (“Finding Quander“), produced by WUSA-TV 9 (Washington DC) and written and reported by Michael Quander, Jr., explores this journey of reconnection in detail.

Until now, there has been no primary single source encapsulating this fascinating, multi-century story. This narrative will tell the story of the Quanders over the generations, their successes and travails. Here is a family that has produced four U.S. Army generals, three of them West Point graduates; two Tuskegee Airmen serving in World War II, and the first national president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Like many African American families, they have known the despair of involuntary enslavement. This powerful story of perseverance is an inspiration. NOW is the time that the Quander Family’s documented and distinguished history of sustained achievement must be shared with everyone.

As 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the first captive Africans being sold into slavery in the British North American colony at Jamestown, Virginia, it is important that this poignant, inspiring, expressly American story be told.

Rohulamin Quander is a retired Senior Administrative Judge for the District of Columbia, and a 55-year member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

The Quander Historical and Educational Society Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. Any financial contribution made to this campaign is tax-deductible.

To support the effort, please visit the online campaign here:


Rohulamin Quander, Founder
Quander Historical and Educational Society Inc.
(202) 487-9922