Seems that Rachel Dolezal was far from the first who passed for black. America’s foremost Geologist and first director of the new US Geological Survey Clarence King in 1879. Right is Ada Copeland King, the former slave he married under the assumed name and identity of James Todd, a light-skinned black man. Only on his deathbed did King confess to his family that he was really Clarence King, a white man, not a light-skinned Pullman Porter.
Well, if this isn’t a little gem of info… When I was a little girl and my sister Stella pointed out that Richard Widmark was the love interest of Lena Horne in the movie we were watching – Death of a Gun Fighter; I was clueless as to its significance. I was shocked some 40 years later to find the movie was loosely based on a true story! I don’t at all praise a slave owner’s affairs with their slaves as was the common and typical scenario on many a plantation. But having researched black women white man relationships of the time, I know that many actually married. The romance of Garrett Lane Scott and Mary Bowen seems to have been a tragic affair.
Crystal shares with IMF. This is my husband Andrew. We met on November 7, 2014 online. Within 2 days, Andrew and I knew that we were soul mates and meant to be together. Andrew is a perfect gentleman and I could not asked for a better man. God was present and blessed our union as we got married on April 26, 2015. We are so deeply in love! I am so blessed to be married this wonderful man!
Half and Halves, tells the story of Punjabi-Mexican intermarriages in California at the start of the 20th century.
California has long been a land of possibility. From the Gold Rush to the promise of fertile farmland, people from all over the world have flocked here for the chance at a new life. That has created some unexpected immigrant communities. One of those happened in the state’s Central and Imperial Valleys. In the early 20th century, Punjabi men came to the area, by way of Canada, to plant fruit trees, hoping to make their fortune in peaches and plums.
60 years is so long to wait but in this case late is definitely better than never. Stories like this are so inspiring and leaves one with such hope for our future. But it also makes me want to go back in time and punch some folks in the nose. Joan Williams will finally take her place atop a float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses on New Year’s Day 2015. I am thrilled that Mrs. Williams is alive to receive this honor. Here’s to good things coming full circle.
Anta Majigeen Ndiaye or Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley was not always the free Senegalese woman who eventually became a plantation and slave owner. At 18 years old, her owner Zephaniah Kingsley, one of the most powerful men in Florida freed the 18 year-old woman mother of his 3 children and married her. As Florida was under Spanish colonial rule where manumission laws were more liberal than American. Her husband saw slavery as a temporary condition related to economics more than race. Anna learned to operate the plantations as effective as Zephaniah. As a free woman, she petitioned the Spanish government and was granted land across from her husband’s plantations in what is now Jacksonville, Florida.
Mahala Lynch Davis
Mahala Lynch Davis, married her former slave owner Isaac P. Davis in 1857. On the right is their daughter Martha Davis Wilson (b. 1848) holding her baby Julia Wilson (Car). Davis freed Mahala and then married her moving from his former Virginia plantation to Chilicothe, southern Ohio.
Albert and Lucy Parsons
Albert (1858-1887) and Lucy Parsons (1853-1942 were from Texas where Lucy Eldine Gonzalez Parsons was born into slavery. She met Albert and they married. They moved to Chicago due to threats from the KKK during Reconstruction. Albert was a former Confederate soldier who later fought on behalf of former slaves’ rights. Albert & Lucy were extreme radical anarchists.
George Stevens whose mother was Spanish, was born in 1839, Lorad County, Mexico, and came to Utah in 1860. In 1872 he married Lucinda Vilate Flake, born 2 December 1854, Union, Utah, daughter of Green and Martha Crosby Flake, George was freighting through S.L.C. when he met Lucinda at a square dance gathering. Lucinda was known as Cinda. Sixteen years later, such a union between the two races would be against Utah law. Read the fascinating history of “The Prohibition of Interracial Marriage in Utah, 1888-1963” in the spring 2008 issue of Utah Historical Quarterly.
This is the second and third stories of former slaves who moved to and married interracially in Montana. Mattie Bell Castner is the called “The Mother of Belt, Montana.” My family and I had the opportunity to drive through the area in 2011. It felt good to be close enough to touch history, but most of us could experience the same sentiments by just going outside or a few miles away as the contributions of our ancestors surround us, but I digress.
Interracial Marriage in History 5 – Eugene and Agatha Chen – Fascinating Story of Vintage Blasian Love
Eugene and Agatha Chen
Eugene and Agatha Chen both born in 1878 married in 1899 and had four children. Agatha Alphosin Ganteaume was born in Trinidad of a white man and an African servant.
Interracial Marriage in History 1 Sarah Gammon Bickford. I first learned about Sarah Gammon Bickford in 2008 while doing research on blacks in early Montana. Thanks to the Montana Historical Society, I found a wealth of information. Blacks have been there since the Antebellum period in the US. I was so happy for this find, I couldn’t wait to share it with Karyn Folan, Cherelyn Weeks Smith and a couple other swirling black women bloggers. I purchased the pictures putting them away for a future project. These images were the first ones that started off my collection of Vintage black woman IR couples album on my Facebook page. I started that page on April 16, 2010. Read on…..