Local woman celebrates 106th birthday!

MAGNOLIA, N.J. - December 15, 2009 "Chopping cotton, picking cotton, planting peanuts."

The kids had questions about life before cars, TVs and cell phones. Aunt Sarah, as she's known, talked of growing and cooking her own food on her farm in Monroeville and what it was like to be chased by a Ku Klux Klan lynch mob.

"They tried to catch me but I outrun them Hah!"

But Aunt Sarah turned serious reflecting on the lynching and murders that were everyday occurrences in the Jim Crow South.

"They wouldn't mind hanging peoples, shooting them. I went to many funerals where they shot them down."

The students were moved and riveted by Aunt Sarah's stories.

"She's been through so much. It's amazing she can endure through all that," said Hope Berry.

"Walking 7 miles to school was pretty shocking and then having no medicine," said Douglas McClaskey.

To be alive and still so engaged at 106-years-old is something rare and very special. So what is Aunt Sarah's secret to a long life?

"Jesus! That's what brought me there. Did you drink or smoke or anything along the way? A little bit, yes. A little bit Yes!"

But it surely didn't slow her down. At 106 Sarah Carter Brown is still enjoying life and laughing her way through her second century.

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