Part 6 of my series on racial identity and genealogical heritage here Southeastern Ohio. This is Clayton Harris b.1937 Cutler, Ohio.
“I don’t know what you would call us, because my parents on my mother’s side she was part Native American, and on my dad’s side we had some Native American and African American, and I guess some white on my grandmother’s side. We always went as colored. That’s the word they used around here.
When I was in the Army I had to go up to Columbus, Ohio, and I was filling out this form and the guy in there said everyone here is white so just put down white. They couldn’t even tell I was of color.”
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Part 5 of my series on racial identity and genealogical heritage. This is Carolyn Casey of Gallipolis, Ohio b.1951.
“My family heritage is mixed, on my mothers side, my great-great grandfather was a slave which I traced it back to 1786. On my father’s side, my grandmother was Dutch-Irish and my grandfather was African American and Native American, so I am kind of like a mix of all of it.
When I was small we lived with my grandparents and the Klan would ride through where we lived. You could hear them coming because you would hear the horses. My grandfather would always put us in his bedroom, grandmother would be standing in the living room and he would go out side. If he would yell to my grandmother, we would have to go and move the rug, to the trap door, go down underground to the cellar. We would go down there and it was a path to Mister Shelton’s below. He was a white man, but he protected us if we had to go there, we only had to go there one time. After a while when the riders would come through they would automatically avoid my grandfather because Mister Shelton told them to leave him along and grandfather never bother anybody. “
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