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  •  Not only Loony Tunes, in historical census docs (7+ / 0-)

    I noticed the term Maroon under the race column in 19th century census records in my genealogy research. I had to look the word up. I seem to remember an explanation that the term was sometimes misapplied for simply the color of someone's skin or mixed Black/Indian in the California census. Census takers were not always the brightest and the populous wasn't always entirely cooperative.

    I don't think a lot of people understand the history of the word Maroon, I know I didn't until more recent years. Good on you for spelling it out in a diary.

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