US: Oldest living African-American dies at 113

January 15, 2011 10:21

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 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.

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