15 Jan '11, 7am

A woman believed to have been the oldest living African-American & 1 of the last children of US slaves has died at 113

SHREVEPORT (Louisiana) - A LOUISIANA woman believed to have been the oldest living African-American and one of the last children of US slaves has died at age 113. Mississippi Winn, an upbeat former domestic worker known as 'Sweetie,' died on Friday afternoon at Magnolia Manor Nursing Home, said Milton Carroll, an investigator with the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office. He said he could not release her cause of death. Winn was believed to be the oldest living African-American in the United States and the seventh-oldest living person in the world, said Robert Young of the Gerontology Research Group, which verifies information for Guinness World Records. Mr Young said Winn was one of two known people left in the United States whose parents both were almost certainly born into slavery because documents show they were born before the end of the Civil War, though her great-niece Mar...

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