Mississippi Winn, thought to be the oldest African American in the United States, died Friday in Shreveport, La., according to published reports.
Winn was one of two known people left in the country whose parents almost certainly were born into slavery, Robert Young of the Gerontology Research Group, which verifies information for Guinness World Records, told the Associated Press.
With Winn’s death, Young has verified Mamie Rearden, 112, of Edgefield, S.C., as the current oldest-known, living African American. The world’s oldest-known, living person of any race, he said, is Eunice Sanborn, 114, of Jacksonville, Texas.
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