Folklorist Jane Beck retells powerful stories of Daisy Turner and the African American experience in Vermont

January 4, 2013

Julie Nelson
Vermont Historical Society
60 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641
[email protected] (802) 479-8519

Barre, Vt. ― The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored at the Vermont History Center in Barre on January 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Acclaimed folklorist and commentator Dr. Jane Beck will recount the stories of Daisy Turner of Grafton, who was herself the child of former slaves. This story spans two centuries of American history, from Africa into slavery and back to freedom, and is based on research for a new book about the Turner family.

Jane Beck first met Daisy in 1983 and recorded a series of interviews about her remarkable life. Those interviews were the basis for the Peabody Award-winning radio series “Journey’s End: The Memories and Traditions of Daisy Turner and Her Family.”

Daisy Turner left us a legacy loaded with tales of discrimination, resilience, and strength of the African American experience in Vermont. Her talent, her strength of character and personality, and her rich personal story make her a notable figure in Vermont history.

“We are pleased to have Jane Beck join us to lead this event. Her insight will reflect powerfully on this important day.” says Vermont Historical Society’s executive director Mark Hudson.

Dr. Jane Beck was the founding director of the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, Vermont. She has published numerous articles, books, and other materials and is a regular commentator on Vermont Public Radio.

This event is free and open to the public thanks to our sponsors Neighbor to Neighbor Americorps volunteers at the Central Vermont Council on Aging; Videovision Productions; Rubin, Kidney, Myer and DeWolfe; and the Vermont Human Rights Commission.

The Vermont History Center is located at 60 Washington Street in Barre, Vermont. For more information, please call (802) 479-8500 or (802) 828-2180 or see the calendar online at

The Vermont Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, the Leahy Library and new Vermont Heritage Galleries in Barre, and programming throughout the state. Established in 1838, its purpose is to reach a broad audience through outstanding collections and statewide outreach. The Vermont Historical Society believes that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities. Visit the Society’s website at ###

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