The Mobile Schoolmarm Who Married A Negro

June 18, 1866


Marriage of a white schoolteacher of freedmen and a black man causes commotion in the South; the couple chooses to move to North to escape oppression.


A great excitement was created among the adherents of the negro bureau in Mobile a few days ago by the marriage in that city of a former slave of General Beauregard's to a white woman by the name of Jones, and a teacher of the freedmen. The couple have left for the home of the woman's parents in the north, where there will doubtless be a great jubilee over this manifestation of civil rights when the pair arrive. As the unfortuuate female's parents were doubtless abolitionists, and are now in the Radical faith, they cannot but be rejoiced at the progress that has been made by their docile offspring. But, seriously, this case presents the light of a public affront, and comes under the laws of Alabama that declare miscegenation a penitentiary offence.
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