History of interracial dating
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.
He’s remembered as the greatest black British composer and is sometimes called “the Black Mahler.” Jessie Walmisley was from a prosperous family. Their story: By the time the couple decided to marry, Coleridge-Taylor was 24 and had just premiered his masterwork “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast.” The piece immediately made him an international superstar.In 1884, he was 66 years old and widowed, an elder statesman who held the post of District of Columbia’s Recorder of Deeds.Helen Pitts was 46, a white suffragist writer and publisher who worked as a clerk in Douglass’s office. Their story: Douglass spent a year in depression over the death of his first wife Anna in 1882.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.