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Strom Thurmond and Essie Mae

Ben Linus Wrote: Feb 09, 2013 6:08 PM
That assumes that Essie Mae wanted that public acknowledgement and attention.

People die, but the truth lives and breathes freely on its own.

We now mourn the passing of 87-year old Essie Mae Washington-Williams, who in December 2003 confirmed one of the oldest rumors of Southern political folklore: that she was the mixed-race daughter of former US Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC).

Williams, whose mother worked as a maid in the Thurmond family home, was long rumored to be Thurmond's daughter. In 1968, Robert Sherrill alleged that Thurmond had fathered a mixed race child, and in 1972, the front page of a local South Carolina newspaper announced that Thurmond had fathered a "colored...