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Daisy Turner’s Kin
March 1, 2017
Goodrich Memorial Library
Vermont folklorist Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family, a multi-generational saga spanning two centuries and played out across three continents. The saga was related to Jane Beck by Daisy Turner, who had listened to her father, Alec Turner, recount stories of the family past. Her captivating narrative covers the early 19th century British-African trade, shipwreck, birth of a biracial child, slave trading, enslavement, plantation life, escape, Civil War, moving north, battling racism, buying land and settling on a hilltop in Vermont that became a family center. Daisy also shared her own life story, a powerful and rare account of the African American experience in New England from the 1880s forward.
For more information
- Seven Days, October 14, 2015: Folklorist Jane Beck Wrote the Book on Freed Slaves in Vermont
- Boston Globe, July 14, 2015: Vermont centenarian embodied a rare history
- Los Angeles Times, August 2, 1987: 104-Year-Old Vermont Woman Lauds Those Who Fought for Freedom of Negroes
- Audio recordings of Daisy Turner (Vermont Folklife Center)