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Re: SCRUGGS,, BROWN, FREEMAN
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Disregard the mulatto designation - there are many threads here that discuss this - but in 1920 it had absolutely no meaning other than to indicate that the person was of a lighter complexion than some other African-Americans, and even that was in the eyes of the census taker.
It does not mean that a person had one European-American parent, and could simply indicate skin color, or hair type.
There are people listed as mulatto in 1870, black in 1880 and 1900(and in 1900 almost no one was listed as mulatto - there are only 16 in the US and these are transcription errors) back to mulatto in 1910 and colored or Negro or Black in a later census.
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