ID# 467:
P.T. Walden, president of the Civic Protective Association, letter to C. Davenport about race mixing
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American Philosophical Society, ERO, MSC77,SerI,Box 61: Trait Files

467. Civic Protective Association, Inc. Girls' Home 452 Orange Street Office - 17 Lincoln Street New Haven, Connecticut November 10th, 1927. [pedigree diagram] Dr. C.B. Davenport, Station 4, Experimental Evolution, Cold Spring Harbor, New York. My dear Dr. Davenport: Professor Leonard Woodruff has suggested that we seek your advice in the case of a young girl of mixed color in whom we have been interested for the past four years. Up to the present time her racial complication has not caused us a great deal of concern, but as she is now showing decided interest in boys and men and continually talks of marriage we feel that we would like your assistance. When the marriage question has been discussed with the girl she has emphatically stated that she intends to marry a white boy, although she has promised to tell him of her mixed color. We are wondering if, from the heredity given below, you could advise us in what generation the dark blood is likely to reappear and if it ever happens that it is eliminated entirely. Mary Brown, as we will call the girl, born February 28th, 1909, [obscured], Connecticut, is the illegitimate child of Joseph Smith, a white man, and Sarah Brown, born in the West Indies. Mr. Smith disappeared before the birth of the child and has never been seen nor heard from since. Mrs. Brown, as Mary's mother has called herself, can tell us nothing of his family. Mary's mother is decidedly brown; her hair is black, eyes dark brown and skin very dark. Her appearance, manner and speech are decidedly those of the negro race. Mary is very fair; her hair is light, a little wiry, but not kinky, skin fair, eyes hazel. Although she has some decided negro characteristics, such as a slight odor, loud and golden laugh, she has always passed for a white person and seldom does anyone suspect mixed color. Because of the difference in their appearance and associates, the relationship between mother and daughter has been unnatural and were it not for our efforts the girl would have disregarded her mother entirely. Dec8 1927
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