I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Momma called Mrs.

1990 - 2000

hid man in store overnight, was called upon by judge as Mrs. Henderson

"some years" before kids came

arrived in Stamps, Arkansas

01/01/2003

Bailey: 4
live with grandmother (called Momma)

Uncle Willie attempts to seem normal

2005
  • talking to 2 strangers in the store

Uncle Willie hides from Klan

06/01/2005

get presents from parents

2006

photo from dad, doll and teaset from mom

Dad visits

2007

St Louis

01/15/07 - 2008
  • Grandmother with power
  • uncles
  • Toussaint L'ouverture school
  • 1/2 with grandparents, 1/2 with mom
  • Bailey stuttered, Maya had nightmares
  • Freedman rapes her
  • Maya stops talking to all but Bailey

dad takes kids to see mom

01/15/07
  • St.Louis
  • leaves kids there after a few days
  • "mother dear"

Maya remains silent

2008 - 2009

drawn out by Mrs. Bertha Flowers

White kids mock Momma

2010
  • imitate her
  • mooned her

"Finishing School"

01/01/2010 - 02/01/2010

Mrs. Viola Cullinan
- called her "Mary"
- Maya smashed the casserole dish and coffee cups in revenge, so she could quit

Bailey comes home late from movies

06/01/10
  • saw someone who looked like Mother Dear in movie

Bailey gets stuck in Baton Rouge, LA

06/01/2011 - 06/15/2011

Left Arkansas for good

2013