StoryCorps: When prison separates mother from daughter

Rowena Gore-Simmons and her daughter, Kenya, now 16, at StoryCorps in Baltimore. (From NPR)

We often hear about parents sent to prison, and the impact of separation on the children.  Rowena Gore-Simmons and her daughter Kenya dropped by a StoryCorps booth to talk about their own experience.

During the year Rowena was incarcerated, people would often ask Kenya, ‘Where’s your mother?’

‘I didn’t tell them nothing,” recalls Kenya, now 16. But all the questions, she says, made her feel like an outsider.

When Rowena asks Kenya the hardest part about their separation, Kenya doesn’t hesitate. “Everything,” she says.

Check out their full conversation here at


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