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Sholomo B. Levy

educator, was born in Augusta, Georgia, the son of James Hope, a wealthy white Scotsman who came to America in 1817, and Mary Frances Butts, who was born a slave in 1839. John's great-grandmother, Mary, had been raped by a Georgia planter at the age of sixteen and gave birth to John's grandmother, Lethea. She in turn had seven children by a neighboring slave owner, including John's mother, Mary “Fanny” Frances. As a young woman, Fanny became a housekeeper in the home of a prominent white physician, Dr. George M. Newton. Shortly after joining the household, Fanny became pregnant with the first of two children she had with Dr. Newton before his death in 1859 James Hope a business associate of Dr Newton s then invited Fanny into his home They lived openly as husband and wife and had four children ...