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Andrea Turner interview, 2022-12-16

Identifier: rwhc_ohp_2022_002.wav

Content Description

From the Collection:

Oral history interviews recorded by students in the Real World History class at Center for Inspired Teaching.


  • Creation: 2022-12-16


Biographical / Historical

Born in 1953, Ms. Andrea L. Turner was born and raised in Lumberton, North Carolina, and grew up with mother and father, Georgia and Eugene Turner, and a younger sister. Though Ms. Turner moved from school to school in middle school, she attended elementary and high school in Lumberton. She then went to Shaw University in Raleigh, NC (1971-1975), before moving to Carbondale, Illinois, to attend graduate school at Southern Illinois University (1976-1977), earning a master’s degree in public affairs. On April 28, 1977, at age 24, Ms. Turner moved to Washington, DC, for a four-month congressional internship, but she would end up working Congress for 18 years and staying in D.C. for good. Ms. Turner worked on the staff of Representative Charles “Charlie” Rose, III, with her last position being chief of staff. After Rose retired from the House (1995), Ms. Turner went on to work at the Small Business Administration as an assistant administrator for Native American Affairs for the next 15 years. After 33 years of government service, Ms. Turner is now retired. While in DC, Ms. Turner built a life with Gerald Scott, and they were married from 1980-1995. She gave birth to two boys and named them after her father and her husband: Eugene (1981) and Gerald (1985). She is currently living her best life watching game shows and hanging out with her granddaughter.


From the Collection: 27.1 Gigabytes (DIG_0029)

From the Collection: 228 Files (DIG_0029)

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In this oral history interview, Ms. Andrea Turner, a long time D.C. resident, discusses her life and experiences moving from Lumberton, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C. Discussing her early life, Ms. Turner talks about life in Lumberton, reflects on the role the church had in her upbringing, and recalls leaving North Carolina when she moved to Illinois for college. She recounts how she moved to Washington, DC, for a congressional internship and discusses her career first as a congressional staffer and later at the Small Business Administration. Ms. Turner also talks about her life as an older adult since her retirement. Throughout the interview, Ms. Turner reflects on differences between life in D.C. and North Carolina. This oral history interview was conducted by a D.C. high school student as part of a class assignment on the Great Migration in Real World History.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001