Caroline Bond Day (1889-1948) was mixed-race and her calculation of her heritage was that she was 7/16 Negro, 1/16 Indian, and 8/16 white. Day received bachelor’s degrees from both Atlanta University and Radcliffe College.
She worked as a teacher, social worker, and secretary. In her spare time, she collected data about black-white ancestry. In 1932, she published “A Study of Some Negro-White Families in the United States.” She is considered to be the first African-American anthropologist at Harvard to receive a master’s degree with an authored credit of her research first. She died in 1948. – Heidi Durrow
Mixed Experience History Month is the annual blog post series created by The New York Times best-selling author Heidi Durrow celebrating the history of the Mixed experience. Established in 2007, Mixed Experience History Month is an effort to highlight the long history of folks and events involved in the Mixed experience. Please look for archived profiles of people, places and events of the Mixed experience every weekday of May! Thanks for reading. And check out some of the previous year’s profiles: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.