Maxine Early


Maxine Early is interviewed by Marygrove student Crystal Christian about her family's migration to Detroit in the early 1940s. Ms. Early's father moved to Detroit to find a job so he could support his family. About a year later he sent train tickets to his wife and children in Mississippi and they joined him in Detroit. Growing up, Ms. Early's house was a hub for extended family members who used it as a temporary residence after coming from the south to Detroit. In the south, the migrants said, people are "warmer" and friendlier; in the north, teachers assumed the children were behind in their work because they were from the "country" and held them back a grade.

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  • Date Interviewed: Thursday, 23 February 2012
  • Interviewer: Crystal Christian


Migration within U.S.

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Marygrove Archives ARC-SP 0100 File #29


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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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