Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:28 PM
mfcorey1 (4,504 posts)
Strom Thurmond's mixed race daughter dies.
Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the mixed-race daughter of one-time segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years to avoid damaging his political career, has died. She was 87.
Vann Dozier of Leevy's Funeral Home in Columbia said Washington-Williams died Sunday. A cause of death was not given.
Washington-Williams was the daughter of Thurmond and his family's black maid. The identity of her famous father was rumored for decades in political circles and the black community.
But not until after Thurmond's death in 2003 at age 100 did Washington-Williams come forward and say her father was the white man who ran for president on a segregationist platform and served in the U.S. Senate for more than 47 years.
"I am Essie Mae Washington-Williams, and at last I am completely free," Washington-Williams said at a news conference revealing her secret.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/04/4048988/strom-thurmonds-mixed-race-daughter.html#storylink=cpy
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Strom Thurmond's mixed race daughter dies. (Original post)
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Response to X_Digger (Reply #5)
Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:47 PM
MADem (99,847 posts)
8. I am sad that her time in the sun was so short. I'm glad, though that she was able
to reveal all and ensure that her story was public so her heirs wouldn't have to put up with supposition/denigration, like Jefferson's offspring.
Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)
Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:40 PM
JI7 (45,522 posts)
6. does anyone know how she felt about him ? had she said anything ?
i mean i know she didn't like the whole thing about who he was in public and hiding who she was. but did she also love him because he was her father ?
Response to JI7 (Reply #6)
Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:12 PM
MADem (99,847 posts)
10. He paid for her education and came to see her at college.
I don't think he shirked his parental duties, and I guess he did the best he could manage, given his deeply ingrained bigotry. I imagine she was somewhat conflicted. Who wouldn't be?
He would have a hard time denying her, in any event--and I think he knew it in his heart:
She wrote a book (Dear Senator) about the relationship, I meant to read it but I've been a bit busy these days!
Strom was, to put it mildly, an inveterate horndog on a good day. To be more accurate, on a bad day, he was a rapist and a molester--he was the scourge of the Capitol Hill typing pools.