Edith Floyd is interviewed by her granddaughter and Marygrove student Cheyenne Monday about her experiences in the South and moving to Detroit in the 1960s. Ms. Floyd grew up on a farm in South Carolina with her parents and eight siblings. She remembers getting up at 5 am each morning to wash before breakfast. After eating she would do her chores and then play games like the "gladiator race." She loved school, especially singing and learning songs for an hour each day and playing all kinds of sports. Her father made a living by share-cropping, hunting, digging wells, and hauling lumber. Her mother canned fruits and vegetables so they could eat well year-round. When Ms. Floyd was sixteen, her sister convinced her parents to let her move to Detroit, where she enrolled in private Catholic school and worked at her sister's store. Ms. Floyd had little time for homework during the day so she used a flashlight under the covers to get it done at night. After finishing the eleventh grade, she met her husband-to-be, Henry. They explored downtown Detroit in his car on the weekends, and he walked her to and from school every day. When they were married they moved into a house on St. Clair Street and had the first of their four children. A few years later they moved to a house on Mt. Olive Street; not long after, Ms. Floyd remembers their mostly white neighbors putting up for-sale signs. She also remembers having to rush to get her children out of the house when their garage caught fire on Devil's Night. Today Ms. Floyd is a "farmer in the city" who sells her vegetables and fruit at Eastern Market.
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- Date Interviewed: Tuesday, 02 October 2012
- Interviewer: Cheyenne Monday
Marygrove Archives ARC-SP 0100 File #30
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Monday, C. (Interviewer) & Floyd, E. (Interviewee). (2012). Edith Floyd: Migration within the U.S. [Interview transcript]. Retrieved from the Novak Archive at Marygrove College: https://www.marygrove.edu/detroit-journeys