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The Other Imitation of Life

It did happened. Remember in Imitation of Life how the Black lady had this daughter who was very white, and it was because the lady had had a relationship with a white man. It has happened. Let's go back to the rural areas of Gold Hill, in the Rowan County part, of North Carolina. The lady was Fedora, and Fedora was a very pretty young woman very much into her twenties, never married, and folks wondered why since her own siblings were now married. Fedora in the 1920s lived with her mother and her mother's second husband. Fedora was free spirited, she worked on railroad ties disguised as a man; she worked as a cook in a doctor's home; and she often hopped them trains that would take her everywhere she wanted to go. Yet, in 1926, she had met a man, a white man, who happened to have had Italian background. The man, let's call him Hank, had relatives in the south, but somehow he had hooked up with Fedora. Fedora's mom did not like this affair, for after all it was really taboo in the South for white-black mix. Fedora's mom decided to find her a man, a young hard working man who worked as a chef on the train. Then it happened, Fedora got pregnant, and Hank left Gold Hill. So to keep things down, and to keep folks from talking, Fedora's mom made her marry the chef, whose name was Jude. Fedora begged them to leave North Carolina, to stay away as long as they could, until things died down. Fedora and Jude had the daughter Janie in December 1926. However, as a few years passed Fedora gave Jude two other daughters, Ruby and Louise. Once when she got herself together, Fedora returned to N.C. to see her mom, but Fedora had by now learned to hate her white daughter, but Fedora loved the girl, Janie, and told Fedora never be bad to her. Once Hank came to town to see Janie, but he never told her he was her father. As those years passed on, so the memories passed too, for today everyone is deceased and no one knows this story by ME. Joseph

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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