“We were given fictitious names.”

Mary Moran Murphy (R) and Susan Mello Souza both got pregnant as teenagers.

It was 1968, and their families, like so many at that time, wanted to keep their daughters’ situation a secret.

So Mary and Susan were both sent to Saint Mary’s Home for Unwed Mothers in Dorchester, Massachusetts. They lived there until they gave birth, and their children were placed for adoption.

The girls ended up as roommates, and at StoryCorps they remembered when they first met.

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Both Mary and Susan have reunited with their daughters.

Recorded in Acushnet, Massachusetts
Music Info: "A Spire" by Tape from the album Rideau.
Produced by Nadia Reiman, Katie Simon and Eve Claxton
Facilitated by Eve Claxton
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