For years there has been rumors surrounding the race of country music legend Johnny Cash’s first wife. Johnny was a huge star in the 1950s-1980s, and his fan base was mainly white Americans in the Deep South, where racism was at its peak.
And Johnny Cash’s fans would never have never accepted him marrying a Black woman. But that’s exactly what he did.
MTO News has confirmed that new evidence has conclusively proven his first wife was black and her great-great grandmother a slave.
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Johnny’s first wife Vivian Liberto died in 2005 at the age of 71, she was believed to be of mixed Italian and German ancestry.
She was married to Cash from 1954-66.
In 1965, when Cash was arrested on drug offenses, Vivian appeared in court in El Paso to support him and a photograph seemed to show her as black – enraging white supremacists at the time.
Mixed-race marriages were illegal in the United States until 1967, and it was banned in the Southern United States until much later.
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Johnny and Vivian sued newspapers who referred to her as Black, because it was considered “defamation” at the time, to call someone “Black.” During the course of a lawsuit – produced evidence of her white upbringing and education.
But now, new modern techniques have finally confirmed that Vivian was indeed African American, and her great-great grandmother was born a slave.
The revelation came during the new season of the PBS show, Finding Your Roots, host and historian Henry Louis Gates Jr.. Dr Gates presented Rosanne Cash with her DNA results and family genealogy.
Rosanne Cash, 65, the eldest of four daughters born to Johnny and Vivian, was left shocked by the results.