Ohio Woman Who Saw Obama Inauguration Dies At 106

"A black woman who attended Barack Obama's inauguration in her wheelchair shortly after her 105th birthday has died. Former social worker Ella Mae Johnson made the journey to Washington, D.C., with her nurse in January 2009 and watched as the nation's first black president was sworn into office. She died Monday at age 106. Her death was confirmed Wednesday by the retirement and assisted care facility Judson at University Circle in Cleveland, where she had lived since 1975. Obama's was the only inauguration for Johnson, who received a seat for the event from Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat. Johnson had said: ""I want my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be able to say, 'She was there.'"" Johnson, who was born in Dallas, was orphaned as a child and was taken in and raised by a neighborhood couple."

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