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Re: Re-phrasing what's already been said

Hi Sherry,
I agree. I have a picture of my great-great-grandmother, and she's exactly what you described. From her picture, one would swear she had a lot of Native American ancestry. (See link below, first picture on the right). When a lot of people take a first glance at her picture, I am often asked, "Was she half-Indian?"

My 100-year-old cousin is very adamant that she (his grandmother, who died when he was 15) was half Black/half White. He even knows the surname of the white man who fathered her, and he clearly remembers a white half-brother who used to visit her, and who surprisingly acknowledged her as his kin. Even I am still shocked about that part. Anyway, he has very vivid memories of her, and all of the other things he has shared about the family have been very accurate.

In all honesty, I'd be more inclined to claim a Native American ancestor before a white slave-owner because there were in fact consensual relationships between many enslaved African females and Native American men. I was told that in Warren County, Mississippi, many enslaved Africans often escaped to the woods where Native Americans lived, and they were protected by them. I've also been told that the Seminole Indians of Florida and African-Americans got along very well, and the Seminoles despised the men of European descent who enslaved human beings.

But, I "sho" will not "close my eyes" to my predominant heritage (African) just to recognize the other few ancestors who had straight ("good") hair, "fairer" skin, and "pretty green" eyes.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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