“Aunt” Sarah Lewis

 
The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
August 6, 1896, Page 1
 
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The Oldest Negro Dies.

“Aunt” Sarah Lewis Claimed She was 130 Years Old.

In the northern suburbs of Cartersville on Thursday last “Aunt” Sarah Lewis died. She claimed to have been 130 years old. She belonged in slavery to the late Dr. J. W. Lewis and to his father before him, and as a mature woman, nursed the doctor in his infancy. Doctor Lewis died about 30 years ago at the age of 60. “Aunt” Sarah remembers well the battle of Cowpens, and says she was a grown girl then. Whether or not her claims are true, she was certainly a very old woman, as can be well established. She had dried up to a mass of wrinkles, her sharp skinny fingers looking like cat’s claws, and a few thin tufts of white hair looking like little bunches of cotton on her pate. However she exhibited a wonderful vitality up to a very recent period when the infirmities of old age began to overcome her. A year ago she hobbled unassisted across town to see one of her favorite friends among the white ladies of the city.

 

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