Interracial dating horror stories
Cameron, who married Johnson only months after Duryea’s suicide, stuck with Johnson for 12 years. There wasn’t anybody or anything that he feared.” Louisa and Louis George Gregory Married: 1912 The couple: Louis Gregory, the son of former South Carolina slaves, became an attorney at the U. Louisa Matthews was a white British woman also involved in the Baha’i faith.
During that time, Johnson was repeatedly charged under the Mann Act, which made it illegal to cross state lines with a woman for “immoral purpose.” (The law was often used to harass consensual interracial couples.) He and Cameron fled the country and lived in exile, and Johnson eventually served time in federal prison. Pineau stayed with Johnson for 21 years until his death in 1946. Their story: Louis and Louisa met in Egypt while on a pilgrimage to the Middle East, where they met the Baha’i leader Abdu’l-Baha.
In 1911, he was 32 years old and was world famous for winning “the Fight of the Century.” Duryea was a glamorous Brooklyn socialite who was 28 years old.
Their story: In a 1927 autobiography, Johnson said that early relationships with black women caused him to “foreswear colored women and to determine that my lot henceforth would be cast only with white women.” He began dating Duryea in 1909 while juggling relationships with two other white women.
These eleven couples, from the United States and beyond, each found their own way of navigating the challenges that interracial couples have faced throughout recent history.
Some stories are heroic and others read as cautionary tales.
The couple sometimes worked together, with Walmisley providing piano accompaniment during performances.
Over the next three years, they had a son and a daughter. Du Bois and took an interest in African-American culture. His daughter Avril, who became a popular composer and conductor, grew up to have complicated thoughts about her racial identity.
Their families weren’t much better; Douglass’ children felt betrayed and his daughter-in-law even sued him.
Pitts remarked, “Love came to me, and I was not afraid to marry the man I loved because of his color.” Douglass had a cheekier response to the controversy: “This proves I am impartial.