Meet Victor Jackson. The year is 1918 and Victor has no family. He’s an orphan at the Dorsey Home for Dependent Colored Children. You might say the cards are stacked against Victor. But he doesn’t mind…
Isabella and Thomas Dorsey started this orphanage in 1917 at their three-bedroom house on Dr. Samuel McCree Way near Reynolds Street. The orphanage quickly grew and moved to the Sea Breeze area, but a few white neighbors didn’t like having black children nearby. And so the Dorsey Home was forced to move to some farmland in Brighton (where McQuaid Jesuit High School is today).
These guys are Victor’s family. Good family.
And all the kindness and care that Isabella & Thomas Dorsey have showed him will pay untold dividends. One day Victor Jackson will grow up to become the Recreational Supervisor for the City of Rochester.
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