Affectionate known as Algie by friends and family Algie is Professionally employed at the NJ Department of Health Laboratories since 1982 where he became its first African-American Chemist in 1987. In 2003 Algernon Ward Jr. became the NJDHSS’ first African-American Research Scientist.
In his personal life, while pursuing twin passions of acting and history, Algie is a founding member of the 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops, Civil War Reenactors Inc., where he is the President and 1st Sergeant. The regiment expanded to include African-American Revolutionary War patriots where Algie portrays both a soldier of “The Black Regiment” the 1st Rhode Island Regiment and Black Joe Brown a soldier of Glover’s Marbleheaders. As a Continental Militiaman,
Algie can be seen in The History Channel’s series of “The Tech Effect of Washington Crossing The Delaware”. In the summer and fall of 2003 Algie was the Featured Reenactor in Part Four – “The Challenge To Freedom” as Senator Robert Smalls, South Carolina’s first African-American US Senator and Civil War hero, for the PBS Mini-Series Slavery and The Making of America aired on WNET-13 New York in November 2005.