Shotzy Harrison lived with her father, James Flavy Coy Brown, until she was three years old. After being treated for several different mental illnesses, James was in and out of Shotzy’s life as a result; he spent most of his adult life struggling with homelessness. 

Shotzy Harrison in 2013 with her father, James Flavy Coy Brown, at their StoryCorps recording in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. By Anita Rao for StoryCorps.

The two reunited in 2013, and Shotzy brought James home to live with her family in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was around this time they sat down for a StoryCorps interview and to talk about the complexities of their relationship.

In 2018, Shotzy recorded again — this time by herself — to reflect on the StoryCorps conversation she had with her dad.

Shotzy Harrison in 2018 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. By Jud Esty-Kendall for Story StoryCorps.

Three years later, we checked in with Shotzy once again. In this episode of the podcast, you’ll hear a combination of her first two recordings and get an update on what’s been going on with her since her last recording with us.

Top photo: Artwork by Rosalyn Yoon.

Released on August 17th, 2021