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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“I love to walk. That has helped me get to this age today.”
Patty B. Jones
“I enjoy watching sports, especially the Cincinnati Reds. I am a huge fan of Billy Hamilton and Brandon Phillips.”
“I have been a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal church all of my life.”
“I eat seafood and love to play the lottery.”
“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!”
“I love to line dance.”
Jeanne C. Hayes
“I love to dance!”
“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.”
“I’ve been married 67 years and served in US Army. I’m now a church deacon.”
“Puzzles keep me busy.”
“I have danced my way around the globe. I consider myself one of the world’s best line-dancers.”
“I dine around town with my Red Hat ladies.”
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