Susan Mello Souza (left) and Mary Moran Murphy (right) 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.
Both Mary and Susan have since reunited with their daughters.
Originally aired January 3, 2014, on NPR’s Morning Edition.