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US 111-year-old woman, the granddaughter of a slave, dies in Georgia

23:46  14 december  2019
23:46  14 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Willie Mae Hardy was born the grandchild of a slave in 1908, when Theodore Roosevelt was president.

a person wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Willie Mae Hardy said her secret to longevity was © courtesy Edwards Family Willie Mae Hardy said her secret to longevity was "Trusting in the Good Lord."

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"She didn't want for anything," Edwards said. "She was involved in the community until her health declined. She was caring and had a loving heart."

Born on an old plantation

Hardy was born on March 11, 1908, on a former slave plantation in Junction City, Georgia. She remembered the stories her grandmother Nancy told her about life as a slave -- working from sun up to sun down, picking cotton, and having no freedom.

Edwards said living in the Jim Crow rural south was not easy for her grandmother. After third grade, Hardy left school and worked in the fields to help her family. She moved to Atlanta in the late 1930s with her soon-to-be husband and daughter, working as a maid for wealthy families.

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"She was overwhelmed," Edwards said of Hardy's reaction. "She was happy. She asked, 'She wants to meet me?'"

Back in 2008, Hardy had been elated to vote for then-Sen. Barack Obama as he became the first African-American president.

"She never thought she would live to see that," Edwards told CNN. "It was a thrill and joy for her."

Edwards said Hardy instilled the importance of voting in all her relatives and participated in every election since she was allowed the right to vote, even local races.

Hardy is survived by five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, 31 great-great children and four great-great-great-grandchildren.

Michelle Obama, Toni Carter posing for a photo: Willie Mae Hardy, seated, was thrilled to meet former first lady Michelle Obama, third from left.© courtesy Edwards Family Willie Mae Hardy, seated, was thrilled to meet former first lady Michelle Obama, third from left.

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