The quadruplets were born in 1946 at the segregated wing of Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville, North Carolina, and their parents Pete and Anne Mae Fultz were sharecroppers. The Fultz Quads received a lot of media attention, and they had an endorsement contract with the Pet Milk Company, which saw the girls as a way to market baby formula to African Americans. Fred Klenner, the doctor who delivered the girls and negotiated the Pet Milk contract, financially exploited the Fultz Quads. The young women continued to make publicity appearances into their teens, including meeting President Harry Truman and President John F. Kennedy.
To learn more, see “The Fultz Sisters: The Fascinating and Tragic Story of America’s First Identical Black Quadruplets.”