Friday, October 17, 2008

Two Families Named McCain

Part of the American legacy: slavery. John McCain's family has roots in Mississippi, and there is a black branch of the McCain family, descendants of the Mississippi McCains.

The black and white McCain families have long acknowledged their shared history at Teoc, a name that applies to both the plantation and the now-sparse community around it. A cousin of the senator still owns 1,500 acres of the original 2,000. Sen. McCain's younger brother, Joe, and other white McCains have attended family reunions organized by the African-American McCains.

Lillie McCain's family spans five generations from the enslavement of her great-great grandparents on the Mississippi Delta plantation, Teoc.

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