Photo Gallery | Mayor Benjamin congratulates Donella Wilson on 104 years of leadership
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin visited local community leader and legend Ms. Donella Wilson to congratulate her celebrate her 104th birthday today at Ms. Wilson’s home.
“Ms. Wilson is simply put one of the most truly remarkable people I’ve ever met and I count myself blessed to know her,” said Mayor Benjamin who surprised Ms. Wilson with a bouquet of flowers on Friday. “She has not only born witness to the dramatic transformation that has taken place in our community, state and nation over the past century; she has actually taken part in that transformation and, from time to time, even pushed it along.”
“She is literally one of the giants upon whose shoulders we stand and she is an absolute treasure.”
Growing up in the Calhoun County sharecropping community of Lang Syne, Ms. Wilson is a college graduate, a retired teacher with a long and accomplished career, a lifelong advocate and civic leader. She is also a longtime resident of Columbia’s Waverly Community where she and her husband, local minister and teacher John Wilson, raised their four children all of whom went on to graduate college.
In addition, Ms. Wilson has cast a ballot in every election since 1948 following the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic Elmore vs. Rice decision and is Richland County’s oldest living voter.
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