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Black Child White Parents

I ran across this article while searching late 19th century newspapers.

Illinois Record
March 19, 1898
Vol #1 No. 22

Black Child Born to White Parents

Hermosa, S. E., March 9.—A coal black child has been born to Mrs. Manuel R. Cardenas, a white woman whose husband, apparently a white man, is a stock raiser. It was their second child. The first was white.

The birth of a black child nearly drove Cardenas crazy. When the news reached his mother, who lives in Mexico, she lost no time in acquainting him with the fact that his grandmother was a Negro slave and that the birth of a colored son was simply a freak of heredity.

Cardenas grandfathee [sic], it seems, was a Louisiana planter named Winfree—his grandmother a quadroon, whom Winfree bought in New Orleans. The couple had a son whom Winfree manumitted while yet a child, educated in the north and started life with a present of $10,000.

The young man located in Mexico, took the name of Cardenas, engaged in mining speculation and accumulated a fortune. From his appearance no one would have suspected his African ancestry, and Cardenas sedulously concealed the fact from every one but his wife, the daughter of a German merchant of the City of Mexico. Manual Cardenas was one of the couple’s three children. He has a fair complexion, finely chiseled features, long, wavy, yellow hair and looks as little like a Negro as can well be imagined. He came north after his father’s death, some years ago, to manage a ranch near here.—Chicago World.

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