The old Irishman in the bayou of Louisiana
Johnny Coleman told the African-Americans that he came from the “hills of Ireland,” when he settled among them and married his African-American wife. They had eight children and no one ever knew anything about his family. Reportedly, in this area of the bayou, there were several white men with black wives and children. During this highly segregated southern state, there were stories of settlements of mixed race individuals. My mother’s father was a product of this culture. I would like to know more about how these people survived and wish to do more research about this part of Louisiana. The location of the area is Pointe Coupee Parish.