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Pitts’ family were abolitionists who admired Douglass but some family members couldn’t bring themselves to accept him.
The couple’s closest friends stood by them however.
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.
Philippa became a celebrity and had a successful career as a pianist, but she had to assume two identities (one black, one white) depending on where her next concert was booked. Josephine Baker and Jean Lion Married: 1937 The couple: Baker was the iconic Jazz Age entertainer and civil rights activist who became a French Resistance agent.
Like her father before her, she became a conservative journalist, and was killed in a helicopter accident while serving as a Vietnam War correspondent. In the 1930s she was one of the most famous entertainers in the world and preferred to live in Paris, the city that embraced her.
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.
Josephine Cogdell was a white heiress from Texas who was a part-time writer and one-time pin-up girl.
When he and Pitts married, the new couple was met with a firestorm of criticism within Washington society and the local press.
Their families weren’t much better; Douglass’ children felt betrayed and his daughter-in-law even sued him.
Pitts remarked, “Love came to me, and I was not afraid to marry the man I loved because of his color.” Douglass had a cheekier response to the controversy: “This proves I am impartial.
My first wife was the color of my mother and the second, the color of my father.” The couple were together for 11 years until Douglass’ death in 1895.
According to the Ken Burns documentary “Unforgiveable Blackness,” Duryea expected fidelity from Johnson and Johnson became suspicious of Duryea in turn.