Emily D. West: The Legendary Yellow Rose of Texas


A few months back (I think it was April), the history channel aired Texas Rising, a 10-hour series that detailed the Texas Revolution and the establishing of the Texas Rangers. It was the airing of this series in which I learned of a Black Biracial woman by the name of Emily D. West (sometimes mistaken as Emily Morgan; played by British Actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson). She was the inspiration behind the American traditional folk song, “The Yellow Rose of Texas” which was written by an unidentified Black Man who is said to be her long lost love. I never heard of Emily nor the song, a Black Love song, until I watched the series. I found this bit of HER-story interesting and like to share it with you all. 

Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Emily West

Actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Emily D. West)

From Black Past.org

While many Americans are familiar with the song, “The Yellow Rose of Texas,”…

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