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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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Cincinnati Oldest Black ResidentsMary E. Stallings
Pleasant Run
“I love God and my family”.



Cincinnati Oldest Black ResidentsWilliam 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!”



Cincinnati Oldest Black ResidentsJoe & 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 PlearCincinnati Oldest Black Residents
“I’m thankful for so many wonderful years of health and strength. I enjoy working in the yard, cooking, and watching   sports.”




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

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  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!

  4. Hi, my Grandmother, Susie A. Thomas will celebrate her 100th birthday June 1, 2019!

    She and my Grandfather moved from Birmingham, Alabama in the 1940s, settled in Lincoln Heights then Walnut Hills and eventually bought their home in Hyde Park in 1968 where my Grandmother continues to reside. My Grandfather, Willie J. Thomas, passed away in 2008.

    My Grandmother lives a vibrant life with many friends and family that love to spend time with her. She is a Deaconess at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church where she has been a member for many decades.

    She is a blessing to me and others! I have many pictures of her that I would like to share if possible.

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