Monday, November 9, 2009

Thornton Sisters Celebration

Over 400 family members, friends, neighbors, dignitaries and elected officials gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate the lives of three
incredible women, The Thornton Sisters. Their combined 324 years of history have earned them the distinction of being the oldest African American siblings in the nation and Maggie Thornton Renfro is the oldest African American in the nation. Guiness World Book authorities were present to congratulate the sisters on their historic accomplishment.

Cultural Crossroads coordinated the historic event that was marked by a community photograph of everyone present. The historic photograph will be presented to the Dorcheat Museum in Minden.

Pictured here are the three Thornton sisters, their daughters and close family friends.
Rosie Thornton, age 104; Carrie Thornton, age 107 and Maggie Thornton. age 114.
Maggie Thornton Renfro will be 115 on Saturday, November 14, 2009.

Secretary of State Jay Dardenne has proclaimed Saturday, November 14th, 2009
Maggie Thornton Renfro Day in Louisiana.

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