Marigolds (short story)
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"Marigolds" is a 1969 short story by Eugenia Collier. She reports that she wrote the story during a time when she was quite unhappy. She was a girl, Lizabeth, growing up in rural Maryland during the Great Depression.
The story tells of a young African-American girl named Lizabeth who, with her friends, go to the house of an elderly woman and harass her while she tends to her marigolds. Later, the girl goes to the garden to destroy all the marigolds, only to come face-to-face with the old woman. The girl, who is narrating the story, states that their encounter was the end of her innocence and of her childhood.