Daughter of a black American GI returns to Holnicote House

Holnicote House newsThe daughter of an American GI has returned to her birth place, Holnicote House in Somerset.

Deb Prior, who now lives in Australia, only knows that her father may have been stationed at Sparkford near Yeovil.

She's in touch with her birth mother's family, and took her half-sister to Holnicote House, was a home for children from mixed race relationships at the end of World War Two.

Deb lived at Holicote with 30 other mixed race youngsters that had been put into care. Their birth fathers were black American GIs stationed in the county but who, for various reasons, including the US racial segregation laws were unable to legally claim them.

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