Essie Mae Washington-Williams

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Birthday
12, 1925
Birthplace
Edgefield, SC
Death Date
Feb 4, 2013 (87)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
12, 1925
Birthplace
Edgefield, SC
Death Date
Feb 4, 2013 (87)

About

Best known as the illegitimate African-American child of segregationist senator Strom Thurmond, she published her Pulitzer-nominated memoir, Dear Senator, in 2005.

Before Fame

After graduating from high school, she pursued a nursing career in New York City's Harlem neighborhood. She later studied education at the University of Southern California and had a thirty-year career as a Los Angeles schoolteacher.

Trivia

She was active in the civil rights movement during the 1960s.

Family Life

She was born to the Thurmond family's sixteen-year-old servant when her biological father, Strom Thurmond, was twenty-two years old. She did not know the identity of her father until she was a teenager. She was raised by her mother, Carrie Butler.

Associated With

She and Bob Telson were both nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.