The Jean Toomer Pages

Jean Toomer Biography

Jean Toomer stories

Jean Toomer's Poetry

references and bibliography



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The middle photo below has resulted in electronic mail correspondences questioning Jean Toomer's racial origins. Here is his self-description in 1922:

Racially, I seem to have (who knows for sure) seven blood mixtures: French, Dutch, Welsh, Negro, German, Jewish, and Indian. One half of my family is definitely colored.... And, I alone, as far as I know, have striven for a spiritual fusion analogous to the fact of racial intermingling.

grandfather Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback - "Negro" Lieutenant Governor and later Acting Governor of Louisiana during Reconstruction

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Toomer, 1923

1924 Toomer



Toomer and Margery, 1932



Note two more photos of Toomer and his family are planned for this page.