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Mostly White: 1936

Mostly White: 1936

June 1936. " 'Griffin children' of Alabama land use demonstration project near Greensboro. They are all third or fourth generation resulting from, it is believed, a white woman and a Negro. They are mostly white and refused to be placed with the Negroes, but the whites will not have them. Note carefully the closeup of the four children; all are from the same family and yet differ greatly in appearance." Photo by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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A problem in Virginia, too.

My oldest friend had to go to a "colored" school because his birth certificate listed his mother as half native American.Since schools were local, he knew most of the kids there, so it did not cause him a lot of trouble. Virginia did not recognize any of the tribes in Virginia, so listed them all as black.

There was also a group in the county that considered themselves to be descended from George Washington's family, not as people who had adopted the name Washington after Emancipation. I know one of the families and the children were very much like the ones in this picture. Though they also had to go to "colored" schools, they mingled very little with the other students.

Their hands...

Look at their hands. Those kids *worked*.

God Bless Us All.

They're just kids. Hope they lived long and prospered.

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