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Marietta woman celebrates her 102nd birthday

Marietta Mayor Thunder Tumlin, left, and City Councilman Anthony Coleman celebrated with Eloise Wright on her 102nd birthday. Photo from the City of Marietta

Marietta Mayor Thunder Tumlin, left, and City Councilman Rev. Anthony Coleman celebrated with Eloise Wright on her 102nd birthday. Photo from the City of Marietta

In case you missed it, yesterday was Eloise Morris Wright Day in Marietta!

The special proclamation honors Wright’s 102nd birthday and her many years of service to the community.

The City of Marietta posted an article about Wright on its Web site.

The piece says that she served as the first African American manager for public housing in Marietta, at the Lyman Homes and Fort Hill developments. She also organized Marietta’s first black Girl Scout troop and played a key role in organizing the first Cobb County branch of the NAACP.

Wright has been a member of Turner Chapel AME Church since 1917 and served as its music director for 42 years.

“Because of segregation, Wright wasn’t able to attend public school after the seventh grade,” the article continues. “She enrolled in Morris Brown College at the age of 13 and completed her education at the college in 1928.”

Mrs. Wright was married to the late Clifton Wright for 70 years and they have a daughter, Joy W. Holiday.

Happy birthday Mrs. Wright!

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Jess

February 9th, 2011
8:41 pm

What an inspiration to the community! Interestingly enough, it doesn’t seem like the MDJ covered this story. Hmmm, I wonder why…