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Mississippi woman celebrates 100 years of life

Effie Peterson (SOURCE: Submitted) Effie Peterson (SOURCE: Submitted)
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From the Great Depression, to the Civil Rights Movement, to two World Wars, to putting a man on the moon, to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, she has seen it all.

When women received the right to vote in 1920, Effie Peterson was only four years old. When President Lyndon Johnson enacted the Civil Rights Act in 1964, she knew what that would bring for Americans.

On Saturday, August 27, Peterson dressed in all white as she gathered with family and friends to celebrate her 100th birthday. 

Loved ones said her smile is attributed to 100 years of strong and faithful living. 

"In her 100th year of living, she still gets around very well, and not just for someone her age," Terrance Smith said. 

Peterson was born and raised in Benton County, Mississippi. 

"To you, Ms. Effie Peterson, we would all like to gather to wish you the biggest and best Happy Birthday. Thank you for the inspiration of life and longevity, and for doing it all with grace and a smile," Smith said.

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