Essie Mae Washington-Williams

In 2003 the retired L.A. schoolteacher unburdened herself of a secret: She, a black woman, was the daughter of Sen. Strom Thurmond, the legendary South Carolina politician who had built a career as a champion of segregation. She was 87. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-essie-mae-washington-williams-20130205,0,5790197.story" class="center_label">Full obituary</a>

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( Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times / February 9, 2013 )

In 2003 the retired L.A. schoolteacher unburdened herself of a secret: She, a black woman, was the daughter of Sen. Strom Thurmond, the legendary South Carolina politician who had built a career as a champion of segregation. She was 87. Full obituary
Notable deaths of 2012

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