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Strom Thurmond's long-unrecognized daughter dies

Biracial woman was 87

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the long-unrecognized daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, died Monday at 87. Washington-Williams, the biracial daughter of onetime segregationist Thurmond and an African-American maid in his parent’s Edgefield, S.C., home, was living in Irmo, S.C., at the time of her death, according to a notice from Leevy’s Funeral Home. It was not until 2003, after the death of the U.S. senator of 48 years, ...


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