Was Interracial Love Possible in the Days of Slavery? Descendants of One Couple Think So

Back in 2016, the Georgia Heritage Room had the honor of hosting an exhibit titled, LOVE FRAMED IN BLACK & WHITE: A POWERFUL STUDY IN LOVE, RACE, AND COURAGE, which told the story through a collection of pictures and images of an enduring love between a former slave and a white judge from a prominent Edgefield, South Carolina planter family. Paula C. Wright, who created the exhibit, inherited the pictures following her grandmother’s death, and with this box of over 500 pictures and stories told to her as a child, she began to slowly and lovingly piece together her family history and the incredible but courageous marriage of her third great-grandfather Judge William Ramey to former Edgefield slave, Kittie Simpkins. Several of Ms. Wright’s ancestors who followed from this union made Augusta, Georgia their home including Kittie herself who lived in a house on Taylor Street when the atmosphere of hostility and violence which pervaded Edgefield after Reconstruction prompted Judge Ramey to seek out a safe haven for his wife.

Below is a link to an article written by the New York Times documenting this incredible story.


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