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6 U.S. Presidents You Most Likely Didn’t Know Were Black, Ranked

We’ll take ‘Untold American History’ for $500, Alex

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3 min readFeb 15, 2021


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6. Abraham Lincoln

Honest Abe’s connection to Black folks goes further than his role in ending slavery. In the 2001 book Black People and Their Place in History, historian Leroy Vaughn, MD, MBA, alleges that Lincoln’s father was African American and his mother had Ethiopian ethnicity, both of which may have explained his “very dark skin and coarse hair.” The political streets were talking, too — his rivals campaigned using propaganda that depicted Lincoln as “Abraham Africanus the First,” an African man. Wonder if his Lambo was blue.

5. Warren Harding

Like Lincoln, Warren Gamaliel Harding — yes, the original Warren G — was rumored to have Black ancestry on both sides of his family tree. He was once asked about the potentially damaging hearsay; rather than regulate, Harding is reported as saying “One of my ancestors may have jumped the fence.” DNA testing conducted in 2015 disproved the rumors, but due to Harding’s outspokenness on civil rights, we’re gonna go…