- Several months after Thurmond’s death in 2003, his bi-racial grown daughter and eldest child, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, revealed that Thurmond was her father. Monica Williams-Hudgens is her daughter.
- Now living in the state of Washington, Williams-Hudgens is a domestic violence advocate, activist, writer, teacher, community organizer and scholar.
Winthrop University, "Strom Thurmond's Granddaughter Shares Thoughts on Her Family's Legacy" (2015). Winthrop News 2015. 16.