Some of Cincinnati’s Oldest Black residents share their secrets to long living!

Cincinnati holds great history and knowledge within our neighborhoods. A lot of that comes from seasoned members of the community that have been around for more than nine decades. These residents have witnessed, and been apart of, the many changes in our city. It is a great privilege to know who they are. These residents have shared their wisdoms and secrets to living more than 90 years.

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Elizabeth HatcherCincinnati's Oldest Black Residents
“I have been a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal church all of my life.”



William Monroe
“I keep busy working in my yard planting flowers and going to church”.



Elizabeth Coston Reid
Bond Hill
“Always keep God first”.



Helen Byndon
Cincinnati's Oldest Black Residents
Bond Hill
“I love sports, Milky Ways and Reese Cups. Maybe it’s the sugar, but I never sleep in. And when the Universal Soul Circus is in town, I have to go!”


Jeanne C. HayesCincinnati's Oldest Black Residents
College Hill
“I love to dance!”



Joe & Earnestine Collier
92 & 90
North College Hill
“We’ve been married 73 years. Believe in God, pray daily, treat others as you want to be treated, be true to yourself!” 



Thomas Plear
“People love my zucchini bread, and I love to make it for them.”




Paul E. Morgan Jr.
“I served my country with pride, I’ve worked all my life, I believe hard work pays off.”



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In the world today, we can all agree it is great to live long. Now we have some insight on how to do it! It is truly an honor to know someone who has experienced as much as these folks. Please contact The Voice of Black Cincinnati if you know of anyone that should be added to our list of Cincinnati’s oldest Black residents.


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Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati


  1. Katherine Manuel and Marion Price pictures are mixed up. What a wonderful way to honor these trailblazers!

  2. My Grandmother, Jeanne C. Hayes is an inspiration to all of us to live your life with love and laughter. Love you Grandma!

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