Death of Essie Mae Washington-Williams

October 12, 1925 - February 4, 2013
Columbia, South Carolina | Age 87

Strom Thurmond's mixed-race daughter dies at 87
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MEG KINNARD, The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the mixed-race daughter of one-time segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years, has died. She was 87.

Vann Dozier of Leevy's Funeral Home in Columbia said Washington-Williams died Sunday. A cause of death was not given.

Washington-Williams was the daughter of Thurmond and his family's black maid. The identity of her famous father was rumored for...

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