Her father was a staunch segregationist, her mother was his family's teenage black maid: Famed daughter of a notorious liaison dies aged 87
The mixed-race daughter, who her segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond never publicly acknowledged, has died at the age of 87.
Thurmond made a name for himself as a staunch Republican that was against the integration of black and white Americans, and he died at the age of 100 without ever announcing that he had fathered the half-black woman named Essie Mae Washington-Williams.
She was born in 1925 after Thurmond, then 22, had an affair with a 16-year-old black maid who worked in his family's Edgefield, South Carolina home.
It was only after he died in 2003 that Ms Washington-Williams came forward and disclosed her lineage.
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