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Daisy Turner: One Woman's Amazing Life

02/22/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Vermont Folklife Center
Storyteller Daisy Turner of Grafton, Vermont, lived 1883-1988.
Daisy Turner was born in Grafton in 1883, one of 13 children of Sally and Alec Turner. The Turners came to Vermont in 1870s, having been slaves in the south. They established a farm in Grafton and built close ties there that were maintained during Daisy Turner's 104 years. Her stories of a century of living and her family's lineage in slavery are preserved by the Vermont Folklife Center. Wednesday on Vermont Edition, we dig into that archive with Jane Beck, the former director of the VFC, who is writing a biography of Daisy Turner.

We hear Daisy's voice retelling some of the touchstone moments that changed her life, and that reveal how Turner understood her own identity as the child of freed slaves and black woman in Vermont. We also learn about plans to preserve the Turner homestead, known as "Journey's End."

Also in the program, Saint Michael’s College in Colchester will be officially designated the first “Fair Trade College” in Vermont. Saint Michael's is only the sixth university in the country to get the label, and we talk to political science professor Jeffrey Ayres about the designation.


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