Sarah Wilson was the first African American born in Rantoul, Illinois, formerly a military city where recruits nationwide were trained. Mrs. Wilson, now a widow, was married to Walker Wilson and has two daughters, Barbara Jones and Norma Harris, and four grandchildren, one of whom preceded her in death. Mrs. Wilson worked as a window dresser, nurse’s aide at a local hospital and security guard for Indianapolis Public School 17. Her hobbies included reading, dancing and cooking. Asked what contributes to Mrs. Wilson’s longevity, her daughter Barbara responded, “I think it’s because she lived a clean life with a strong family. We just believe and trust in God.”

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