Strom Thurmond, father of five

A friend just sent me the following photograph, snapped on the grounds of the South Carolina State House. It’s of the engraving at the base of a Strom Thurmond statue. My friend thought that it was hilarious how crudely they’d sanded down the “four,” changing it to “five,” and added the name of the secret black daughter that the famous segregationist fathered with family maid Carrie Butler. One almost wonders if this might be the work of Banksy.


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  1. rex
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    This site has me wondering if that is a real photo:

    Strom Thurmon at

  2. rex
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    oh, duh. thats not his gravestone.
    thats what I get for never laerning to read!

    You can make it out here in 2006: Thurmond from the rear on flickr

    I bet in a few more years the weather will make it look normal.

  3. Knox
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Someone should add Alvin Greene.

    I’ll pay $100 if someone does it.

  4. dragon
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    What’s black and white and red all over?

  5. Mark
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Are your comments getting more and more cryptic, or is my brain dying?

  6. West Cross
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    It is kind of funny how crudely it was done, but it is nice and somewhat surprising that it was done at all. Good job South Carolina.

  7. Edward
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    There’s a rumor that he’s also Snoop Dog’s dad. For Realz.

  8. Ted
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Essie May was my favorite of the Clampett klan.

  9. Sally Hot Mess
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Essie Mae Washington was born in Edgefield, the town where Thurmond lived, in 1925. The following quote comes from Thurmond in 1848, when he was serving as SC’s Governor and running for President on the anti-integration Dixiecrat ticket. He was paying to put Washington through college at the time.

    “All the bayonets in the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, our schools, our churches and our places of recreation.”

    He usually used the other “n” word.

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