Woman Thought She Was Black for 70 Years, But Recently Learned She’s White…For Real

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A young Verda Byrd with her adopted family

*You know, for every living lie, there’s a dead truth.

But Verda Byrd, a woman who has spent all of 70-years on this earth, did so as a white woman. Her parents apparently took the truth of her ancestry to their grave.

Byrd, whose birth name was Jeanette Beagle, was one of 10 children born to Earl and Daisy Beagle in 1942. But she became a ward of the state after her father walked out on her mother; and her mother died after falling from a trolley.

A name change occurred for Byrd after a wealthy black couple from Newton, Kansas adopted her. Now, as an only child named Verda,   she was also led to believe that she was black and not white.

“My adoptive mother, Edwinna Wagner, never told me that she had adopted a white baby,” she said. “She took it to her grave that she had a white daughter.”

By now Rachel Dolezal has probably crossed your mind at least twice. She was recentled outed by her parents, who basically told the world that she was not black, as she had led everyone to believe.

But Byrd has strong feelings about any comparison to the former NAACP chapter president. She says Dolezal knew her race and lied about it.

“She lied about her race,” Byrd said. “I didn’t lie about my race because I didn’t know.”

But learning the truth about her ancestry, after researching her biological parents, doesn’t change a thing for Byrd, who says she will always consider herself a black woman. Its certainly understandable; having lived seven decades of your life with that belief.

“It’s was unbelievable,” said Byrd.

Watch the video of Byrd sharing her story below and tell us if you think now that she knows the truth, she should live out her life as white or remain the black woman she has been for more than 70 years.


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