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Why the Caged Bird Sings
Updated: 10/5/2020
Why the Caged Bird Sings
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  • Wm. Johnson General Merchandise Store
  • Momma (also known as Grandmother) had a Store built in the heart of the Negro area located in Stamps, Arkansas. Wm. Johnson General Merchandise Store became a place where many people gathered for activities. Besides activities, business was very successful for the Store because people could find a wide variety of supplies.
  • Marguerite is Momma's granddaughter. She helped through the Store weighing the half pound bags of flour, helping customers carry their bags, and much more.
  • An aristocrat named Mrs. Bertha Flowers kindly picks Marguerite to help carry her groceries from the Store to her house. Marguerite felt honored, because Mrs. Bertha Flowers was the richest woman on the Negro area of Stamps. 
  • Wm. Johnson General Merchandise Store
  • Mrs. Flowers invites Marguerite inside for some cookies and lemonade. Marguerite showed tremendous respect to Mrs. Flowers as she entered her perfect house.
  • Mrs. Flowers read a romantic novel poem called A Tale of Two Cities. Her voice curved and slid in and over the words which made Marguerite full of wonder.
  • After her visit with Mrs. Flowers, Marguerite feels more confident in herself and she is no longer insecure. In the beginning of the story, she was ashamed of being black because of racism. 
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