Meet some of Cincinnati’s oldest Black residents  who shared their words of wisdom and secrets to living for more than 80 years!

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 eight 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.

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Cincinnati's Oldest Black Residents
Roberta Tolliver

“I love to walk. That has helped me get to this age today.”

PattyPatty B. Jones
Forest Park
“I enjoy watching sports, especially the Cincinnati Reds. I am a huge fan of Billy Hamilton and Brandon Phillips.”

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


Bernice EwingBernice Ewing
“I eat seafood and love to play the lottery.”


Cincinnati's Oldest Black ResidentsRosie Cunningham


Mt. Healthy
“I love the Lord, working with kids, and crocheting.”

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!”


Marion Pricekatherine
Mt. Healthy
“I love to line dance.”


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


deb jonesBarbara Jones
“God keeps me moving. That is how I am able to drive back and forth from Middletown to Cincinnati. I used to cater and I can still cook fried chicken, vegetables, biscuits and bakes cheesecakes with the best of them.”

James MillerCincinnati's Oldest Black Residents
“I’ve been married 67 years and served in US Army. I’m now a church deacon.”


Katherine Manuelmarion spencer

Mt. Healthy
“Puzzles keep me busy.”


Mattie WaltonCincinnati's Oldest Black Residents
“I have danced my way around the globe. I consider myself one of the world’s best line-dancers.”

Cincinnati's Oldest Black Residents
Mt. Healthy
“I dine around town with my Red Hat ladies.”

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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. I love seeing my mom, Jeanne C. Hayes, staying relatively healthy by being and staying involved. You go mom!

  3. 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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