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In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read.

Join us as we read Mary's story as told by Rita Lorraine Hubbard in her new book, The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read. Plus, create your own alphabet book to take home with you.

Best for children 6 and up; younger children welcome to participate with help from their adult.

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