Brooklynite dies at a record 112 years of age

Brooklyn Currents | 3/30/2014 | 0 comments

The oldest known African-American, and one of the oldest  Americans,  has died in Brooklyn.

 Ernest Peronneau was turning 112 years old when he died in Clinton Hill  on Wednesday, March  26.
 Ernest Peronneau, 1902-2014

Mr. Peronneau was born in South Carolina in 1902 and moved to New York when he was 16.

After trying his hand at different jobs, he eventually worked as a bricklayer and helped construct some iconic buildings around the city.

He was also active in the civil rights movement and worked with  W. E. B. Du Bois, Walter White, and other leaders.

His  funeral is scheduled for Monday, March 31  at  Piro Funeral Home, 251 Dekalb Ave.

                                                                                                      -- NY1


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