Birth Name: Patricia Lee Ann Cleveland
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: June 23, 1950
*African-American, possibly some Irish/Scottish and Cherokee Native American (mother)
Pat Cleveland is an American fashion model. In the 1960s and 1970s, she was one of the first African-American models to have achieved prominence as a runway model and print model.
Her father, Johnny Johnston, was Swedish. Her mother, Lady Bird (Cleveland), was African-American, and was said to also have some Irish/Scottish and Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.
Patt’s daughter is model Anna Cleveland.
Pat’s maternal grandparents were Albert O. Cleveland (the son of Pless/Pleas Cleveland and Frances) and Nancy/Nannie Edwards. Pless was the son of Jerry Cleveland.
Pat was raised by her mother in Harlem.
In her book, Walking with the Muses: A Memoir (2016), Pat wrote:
My great-uncle Rep was a real American Indian, a Cherokee, who lived in the woods in a log cabin that looked lifted out of a cowboy movie… in 1912, when she was twenty-one, [Cleveland’s maternal grandmother] Nannie took the conventional route and found a young man to marry: a soldier named Albert Cleveland [Cleveland’s maternal grandfather]. Because he had blond-red hair, light skin, and freckles (courtesy of his Irish-Scottish blood), Albert was considered a Caucasian, though he was a quarter Cherokee… Even with education, a Negro had very few opportunities in that era, and there was virtually no career path for an educated Negro woman like Nannie.
Pat Cleveland article – http://madamenoire.com
Pat’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Death records of Pat’s maternal grandparents, Albert O. Cleveland and Nancy/Nannie Edwards – https://www.findagrave.com
Pat’s maternal grandfather, Albert O. Cleveland, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Death record of Pat’s maternal great-grandfather, Pless/Pleas Cleveland – https://familysearch.org
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