At 102, reflections on race and the end of life

Today is Rosa Finnegan’s birthday. She’s turning 102 — she was born in 1912, the year the Titanic sunk. “Sometimes I feel as though time has gone by so fast,” she says.

This afternoon, on NPR’s All Things Considered, Rosa reflected on a powerful encounter that she had a few months ago in her nursing home. She says that even after more than a century, there are still important things that she’s learning about herself.

Rosa’s story was reported and produced by me and Caitrin Lynch, with support from the Olin College Faculty Summer Research Fund.


~ by Ari Daniel on February 12, 2014.

One Response to “At 102, reflections on race and the end of life”

  1. A great piece. My grandmother also turned 102 this past month. Some of her stories of growing up in the very rural south are like listening to a living time capsule. So fascinating and fun.


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