Al Sharpton’s Ancestor May Have Been a Slave of Strom Thurmond’s Relative

The Reverend Al Sharpton wants a DNA test performed to determine if he is in fact a descendant of a slave that had been owned by a member of Strom Thurmond’s family.

A short while back, Sharpton was asked if he wanted his genealogy traced by professional genealogists from Ancestry.com. He agreed to it, and they discovered that Coleman Sharpton, believed to be the reverend’s great-grandfather, had been a slave owned by Julia Thurmond, whose grandfather was the great-great-grandfather of the late senator from South Carolina (a little confusing, I know).

This connection between the families of Sharpton and Thurmond is interesting in its own right, but more so because Thurmond ran for President as a segregationist in 1948, and Sharpton ran for President in 2004 on a civil rights platform.

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