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African American Lives 2 -- Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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Grandma heard the story from an Aunt that is long dead. In Andalusia, Al. But I can't find grandpa Ralph or his mom in census. 1900s We know from 1920 census that it is Andalusia, Al. Oral history from my Grandma on my fathers side.

The story that I remember was that Granpa Ralph murdered his white father for molesting his two sisters and fled to the north. However details have changed. From what I can tell he had no sisters, but he was very bitter about being bi-racial. Hated the fact that his skin bore the evidence of his mothers (her name was Rhodie) violation by a white man. I have searched for him in the census reports and his name only comes up in the 1920 census with about 6 or 7 children, a wife and a new last name. If he did murder someone, it would be the slave owner who raped his mother Rhodie? Help!! this is a family mystery. My cousin and I have been searching for years!

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