Laretta Torrence


Laretta Torrence is interviewed by Marygrove College student Stanley Keyes about her experiences growing up and going to school in Detroit. She was born in 1930 in Black Bottom where blacks and whites lived and played together in shared poverty. When her family moved to a better house in southwest Detroit in 1948 she observed white flight but not much racial tension. Laretta recalls listening to the radio, dancing at the Greystone Ballroom, and visiting Belle Isle for entertainment. She married at age 19 and had two sons who also grew up and went to school in Detroit.

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  • Date Interviewed: Sunday, 13 December 2009
  • Interviewer: Stanley Keyes


Migration within U.S

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Marygrove Archives ARC-SP 0100 File #20


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Keyes, S. (Interviewer) & Torrence, L. (Interviewee). (2009). Laretta Torrence: Migration within the U.S. [Interview transcript]. Retrieved from the Novak Archive at Marygrove College:

Detroit Journeys Collection

Detroit Journeys Collection

The Detroit Journeys Collection features interviews focusing on the experiences of individuals migrating within the U.S. or from outside the U.S. to Detroit, Michigan.

Experiences Collection

Experiences Collection

The Experiences Collection features two sections. The first section includes interviews with women from Bennett College who participated in the Woolworth's Lunch Counter civil rights demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina. The second section includes interviews with migrant workers from Homestead, Florida.

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