Standing on the wooden porch with cardboard suitcase in one hand, her mother’s Sunday coat in the other, the young girl surveyed tobacco plants easing out of the rich Carolina soil. Her father was leaning against the 1954 Plymouth: Her brothers & sisters were mischievous with excitement as her mother fussed, "You children leave that food alone, your sister wont’ be tasting fried chicken and pineapple cake for a long time."
May 4, 1963, on her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary, Joyce was leaving home. At eighteen, she would be living with strangers, working as a sleep-in maid in New York. “I’m grown,” she had tried to assure her parents’ objections. Still, as she reached down to hug her dog Inky and headed toward the opened car door, she felt more like a child than a young woman leaving home.
PRESENTER: Playwright: Ella Joyce Stewart will debut this true story in Tryon Palace’s Cullman Performance Hall.