The term "invisible man" has become a cliche for the evaporative effect of the Jim Crow Era on African American men and women and the memory of their lives.1 This article is the story of one such man of great stature who became invisible. What started as the search for a young slave boy named Aleck turned in to the re-discovery of Dr. Alexander Hanson Darnes, who was taken as a teenager to a U. S. Army cavalry post in the West, went through the Civil War as the personal valet of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, gained freedom through Emancipation, sued for his right to vote, took a medical degree, stood up for equal rights on public transportation, and served the community as Florida's first African-American physician.
Tingley, Charles A.
"Another Invisible Man: Alexander H. Darnes, M.D.,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 94:
3, Article 10.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol94/iss3/10