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Heiress Amanda Dickson born

November 21, 1849 - June 11, 1893 (44)

Amanda DicksonAmanda America Dickson born in Hancock County, Georgia. She was the daughter of a slave and her owner and became one of the wealthiest black women in nineteenth-century America when her father died and left her his estate.

Her white relatives fought the decision all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court, which stated that the "rights of each race are controlled and governed by the same enactments or principles of law" in other words, whatever rights and privileges belonged to a bastard white child belonged to a mixed-race child as well.

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