StoryCorps: Sirretha Joy & Felicia Joy

Audio version of this story here.

As a child in the 1940s, Sirretha Joy grew up on a family farm in rural Mississippi.

Her father died when she was young, and so at age seven she began cooking, cleaning, and caring for her five younger siblings.

At StoryCorps, she told her daughter Felicia Joy about her ambitions to get off the farm, and what came of them.