Strom Thurmond's interracial daughter passes

Essie Mae Washington-Williams, Child of Famous but Secret Father, Dies at 87

Essie Mae Washington-Williams, who lived for decades with a stunning secret — that she was the interracial daughter of Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, a former segregationist who never acknowledged her publicly as his child — died Monday in a nursing home near Columbia, S.C. She was 87.
Comment: News of the relationship was shocking when it was announced in 2003. Image source.

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