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Mississippi Winn
Mississippi Winn
Birth: 31 March 1897
Benton, Louisiana, USA
Death: 14 January 2011
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Age: 113 years, 289 days
Country: USA FlagUSA
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Mississippi Winn (31 March 1897 – 14 January 2011) was an African American supercentenarian. At the age of 113 years, 289 days, she was the seventh-oldest person in the world at the time of her death. She became the oldest resident in Louisiana upon the death of Maggie Renfro on 22 January 2010. After Daisey Bailey's death on 7 March 2010, Winn became the oldest living African American. She was claimed to be the last living child of former slaves, according to census records. Other children of former slaves have since been found.[1]

Biography

Mississippi Winn was born in Benton, Louisiana in 1897. She was the 13th of 15 children born to Mack and Ellen Winn. She was a housekeeper all of her life and cleaned and cooked her own meals until the age of 103 when she moved into Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Shreveport in 2001.

She moved to Seattle, Washington in c.1957 and resided there for 18 years until her youngest sister's death in 1975. Her death caused Winn to move to Shreveport, where she had lived ever since.

Winn avoided dairy products, and took one vitamin and aspirin per day. Her favourite foods were fruits and vegetables. She was baptised at the age of 11 at Providence Baptist Church in Benton, LA. She later joined Avenue Baptist Church, where she was a member for 82 years. Members from the church presented her with a plaque entitled "The Marriage of Avenue Baptist Church and Miss Mississippi Winn." She received a letter from President Barack Obama.

Winn enjoyed reading the Bible. She never married, and had only one child, who died in infancy at the age of two. Winn had many nieces and nephews who most frequently called her "Aunt Sweetie".

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover presented a proclamation to her and named 31 March "Miss Mississippi Winn Day" in the city of Shreveport.

References

  1. La.'s oldest resident celebrates 113 years Shreveport Times. 1 April 2010

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