Friday, December 15, 2006

Lizzie's Descendants Descend on Memphis

They had no trouble filling the pews at 116-year-old Lizzie Bolden's send-off on Friday.

Her funeral was held yesterday in the church where she worshipped for decades - the New Wright chapel of the Missionary Baptist church, founded in Memphis in 1927. Many of her six generations of descendants attended the service, squeezing into the chapel as best they could. At the last count there were two surviving children, 40 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 150 great-great grandchildren, 220 great-great-great grandchildren and 75 great-great-great-great grandchildren. [Link]

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