Press: Defender and Skeleton

The late Robert S. Abbott, publisher of the once-powerful Negro Chicago Defender, was soot-black. His two wives were white as snow. Wife No. 1 went around with her brownskin sister in order to prove that she was a Negro. Wife No. 2—Nordic-featured, with grey-blue eyes and straight chestnut hair—had no discernible relatives, dark or white.

Last week a newspaper drama hinged on whether Mrs. Abbott No. 2 could prove her race. In Chicago a cousin of childless Publisher Abbott filed petition to oust Mrs. Abbott from the Abbott estate and control of the waning...

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