The oldest American, Hester Ford, died on Saturday at the age of 116. Her family posted messages on social media, leaving behind many descendants, including about 100 great-grandchildren.
Although it is uncertain whether she was born in 1905 or 1904, Hester Ford admitted in 2019 that the Geriatrics Research Group is the oldest American.
According to the local television station WBTV in North Carolina, this African-American was born in South Carolina and grew up on a farm, where she picked cotton and worked in the fields, after which she worked as a nanny.
Her family said: “She represents the progress of our family, but also the progress of African Americans and their national culture. She reminds us of the path we have taken as a nation.”
She was born about 40 years after the abolition of slavery and experienced apartheid, which did not end until the 1960s.
She also survived the Spanish flu pandemic.
She has more than 280 offspring: 12 children, 48 grandchildren, about a hundred great-grandchildren, and the same number of great-great-grandchildren.
She died at home with her family. The cause of death is unknown.
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