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Her husband's family had a slave and she hopes we'll keep talking about it

May 18, 2017

"My Family's Slave" - that's the title of the cover story of the Atlantic Magazine. Former Seattle Times reporter Alex Tizon wrote the story before he died two months ago.

The woman he called a slave was Eudocia Tomas Pulido. Tizon, his brothers and sisters, and his mom called her Lola. Lola cleaned, she cooked, she raised the kids. But she was never paid. And she didn't think leaving was an option.

Tizon says he was about 11 when he realized Lola's status in his family. But it took him years to come to terms with it.

Bill Radke spoke to Tizon's widow, Melissa Tizon, who says she first met Lola 20 years ago before she married Alex. Melissa says it wasn't until last year when she read a draft of Alex's article that she saw the word "slave" used to describe who Lola was.