Cicely Tyson

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Tyson in 2007, photo by

Date of Birth: December 19, 1924

Place of Birth: Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: January 28, 2021

Place of Death: Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-Nevisian, African-Barbadian

Cicely Tyson was an American actress and fashion model.

Her parents, Frederica/Fredericka Theodosia (Huggins) and William Augustine Wilkes/Tyson, were from Nevis, an island in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Cicely had a daughter.

Cicely’s paternal grandfather was named John Edward Tyson (the son of William Tyson).

Cicely’s paternal grandmother was named Caroline/Carolina Wilkes.

Cicely’s maternal grandfather was named Charles Huggins.

Cicely’s maternal grandmother was named Mary Jane Sergeant. Mary Jane was from Barbados.

Sources: Genealogy of Cicely Tyson –

Marriage record of Cicely’s parents –

5 Responses

  1. Mr. Postman says:

    In her autobiography, she says her maternal grandmother, Mary Jane Sergeant, emigrated to Nevis from Barbados.

  2. midori29 says:

    Gorgeous woman

  3. fuzzybear44 says:

    So she really is of West Indies ancestry, interesting

  4. Devotion says:

    Looks like the black version of Carrie Fisher.

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