Faces of the Great Migration: Dorothy Paige-Turner — ‘It was actually worse because at least I knew where I stood in the South’ – News – Rockford Register Star


ROCKFORD — Dorothy Paige-Turner had high expectations for the North when she moved to Rockford from El Dorado, Arkansas, in 1967.

Growing up in El Dorado, everything was segregated — a “way of life,” she called it.

“I guess I expected more and I didn’t get more,” said Paige-Turner, now 71. “The first time I was called the n-word was by a 5-year-old child here in Rockford in a laundromat. I had never been called that word to my face the entire time that I lived in the South. … That set the tone for me of what this town was actually going to be like.

“It was actually worse because at least I knew where I stood in the South. … I knew what the rules were and I abided by them, but they were not supposed to be those same rules…

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