GEORGIA: The Lord's Friend

James Walter Wilson was born in the slave quarters of a Georgia plantation in 1825. Though he learned to read, and had religious "leanings," the freedom that followed the Civil War did not change his life—like most Negroes he went right on working in the fields. But in 1925, when he was 100, James Wilson joined the Baptist ministry. He preached for 17 years. Four years ago, when he applied for an old age pension, he achieved considerable local fame—the Census Bureau announced that he was the oldest resident of the U.S....

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