107-year-old heads to polls

One of South Carolina's oldest citizens, born to former slaves, is looking forward to voting for president for the 13th time.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) -- One of South Carolina's oldest residents is looking forward to voting for a president for the 13th time.

107-year-old Donella Wilson was one of many waiting in line back in the 1940s to cast her vote, the same year Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected. Now, in 2016, Wilson says she has a new ID and voter registration card and she is ready to put it to use.

"I never thought that I will live to see a day like this, I'm over 100 years old," Wilson says.

Born to parents who were slaves, Wilson says casting her vote in this year's election is not only for her, but those who came before her.

"We couldn't spell vote. We didn't know what the word meant other that we had an opportunity to say something and cast a vote, praying as we go along that the vote could count to help us as a Negro race," Wilson says.

Living through a time where African-Americans and women did not have the right to vote, Mrs. Wilson proudly cast her first vote in the 1940s.

Copyright 2016 WIS


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