Did you get the significance of this old photograph?
My grandmother’s mother made the children wear hats so their skin wouldn’t turn darker than it already was. The Bone Family really didn’t have dark complexions . . . maybe like someone from southern Spain. However, that alone would set them apart and make them subject to abuse during the first two decades of the 20th century. My mother said that she always wore a hat, while hoeing the fields for the same reason. She did not want to look different.
My grandmother had trouble finding a suitable husband because she was related to most of the young Uchee-Creek men in her community. Creeks have always practiced a taboo against marriage with relatives or members of the same clan. My grandfather Obie had blue eyes and so was allowed to attend public school. However, he had some Creek ancestry from the other end of South Carolina and therefore didn’t mind marrying my grandmother. Their honeymoon was at Tallulah Falls and the Nacoochee Valley. Mama Ruby said that one of her mother towns was in the Nacoochee Valley.
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