Pioneering Black Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday

Pioneering Black woman celebrates 100th birthday

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It’s not every day a pivotal figure in Winston-Salem’s history turns 100.

And in the case of Virginia Newell, a former member of what was then the Winston-Salem Board of Aldermen, the birthday milestone was a surprise to many people who thought her century-benchmark was decades away.

“I always kept my age hush-hush and now people don’t believe I’m 100,” said Newell, who celebrated her birthday Saturday. “I still feel young. I feel just like I did when I was 50 years old as a grown-up with my kids.”

Newell’s 100th birthday was announced nationally …

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