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Oakhurst’s 111-year-old Willie Mae Hardy given tickets to see Michelle Obama in Atlanta

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Oakhurst’s 111-year-old Willie Mae Hardy given tickets to see Michelle Obama in Atlanta

Willie Mae Hardy. Photo by Beate Sass
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Oakhurst resident, 111-year-old Willie Mae Hardy was gifted two tickets to see Michelle Obama during her book tour stop in Atlanta at the State Farm Arena – one for her and one for her caregiver.

Atlanta City Council member and Chair of the Community Development and Human Services committee Natalyn Mosby Archibong worked to ensure that Hardy could see Michelle Obama while she was in town. Archibong met Hardy back in 2017 in Kirkwood at the Annual Living Legends Cookout, where she learned about Hardy’s life of going from being born to life on a plantation to seeing Barack Obama elected as the first African American president for the U.S.

“On at least two separate occasions, our city had previously awarded Ms. Hardy with a proclamation acknowledging her longevity and her life,” Archibong said in a recent press release, “so, when I learned that she wanted to attend the Michelle Obama event in Atlanta, it seemed only fitting that every effort should be made to fulfill her wish.”

In addition, Hardy’s two tickets were “center-court seats on the floor of the arena,” according to a recent press release.

Hardy was featured as part of photographer Beate Sass’ “I Am Decatur” photo series. To learn more about her life, click here.

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