Tale of forbidden love preserved by historical marker in San Jacinto County

A fascinating love story is behind the latest historical marker that has been dedicated in San Jacinto County, a fitting occasion to mark the 50th anniversary of the current Official Texas Historical Marker program.

It’s the story of William “Bill” Kelley, a white man, former slave plantation overseer and confederate soldier, and Dinah Rush, described as a “mulatto” freed slave.

In spite of their differences, this unlikely pair withstood hardship, racism, and a world that would never accept their relationship.

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