Segregationist U.S. Senator Thurmond’s biracial daughter dies

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ESSIE MAE WASHINGTON SPEAKS TO MEDIA REGARDING CLAIM OF BEING STROM THURMONDS DAUGHTER.CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – Essie Mae Washington-Williams, who in 2003 revealed she was the biracial daughter of segregationist U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, died on Monday at age 87, her attorney said. Washington-Williams, who had been in declining health in recent years, died of natural causes at a care home in Columbia, South Carolina, said lawyer Frank Wheaton. Washington-Williams was born in 1925 to a black teenage girl who worked as a maid in Thurmond's parents' home when Thurmond was 22. …