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Black Child White Parents
I ran across this article while searching late 19th century newspapers.
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.