Susannah Mushatt Jones
|Susannah Mushatt Jones|
Susannah Mushatt Jones
Lowndes County, Alabama
|Residence||Brooklyn, New York|
|Title||Oldest living resident of New York|
Susannah Mushatt Jones (born July 6, 1899) is an American supercentenarian who is, at the age of 114 years, 244 days, the oldest living resident of New York, and the second oldest living American (behind Jeralean Talley). She is among the 100 verified oldest people ever and is currently the world's third oldest living person. She has received tributes from the United States House of Representatives and from the Alabama House of Representatives "for a remarkable lifetime of exceptional achievement lived during three centuries".
Susannah Mushatt was born in Lowndes County, Alabama on July 6, 1899. Her parents were sharecroppers who farmed the same land as her grandparents (one an ex-slave). As a young woman, she worked in fields but she was determined to escape that hard existence. On March 4, 1922, she graduated from the Calhoun Boarding High School and was accepted to Tuskegee Institute's Teacher's Program. However, her parents did not have enough money to pay for her college, so in 1923, she moved to New York during the early stages of the Harlem Renaissance.
In 1928 she married Henry Jones but the marriage did not last long, saying that she "didn't know what became of him," and she had no children. She worked for wealthy families taking care of their children until she retired in 1965. During this time, she supported many of her relatives as they moved to New York.
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