In the 1940s, Hazel Scott began a relationship with Adam Clayton Powell Jr., the well-known pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, and also a candidate for the House seat representing Harlem. Powell was married at the time, and their liaison caused a scandal, although it did not bring down Powell’s candidacy.
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They married in 1945 after Powell took his seat as a Representative in the 79th Congress. According to broadcaster Murray Horowitz, they “were one of America’s leading glamor couples – and certainly the power couple among African Americans in the 1940s and ’50s.”
The couple had one child, Adam Clayton Powell III, but divorced in 1960 after a separation. At the end of 1960 the two divorced and Powell married his secretary.
Take a look at these vintage photos to see beautiful moments of Hazel Scott and her husband Adam Clayton Powell Jr. during their marriage.