America Mourns The Oldest Person In The USA, Harlem’s Alelia Murphy Passed At 114

Mrs. Alelia Murphy passed away in Harlem on Saturday, November 23, 2019. She was 114. Her family was at her side. Having been born and raised in North Carolina, Alelia Murphy was proud to call Harlem home for decades.

“When we celebrated Alelia and her 114th Birthday earlier this year, she inspired us all with her positive attitude, her life story, and her love for her family. I’m so grateful to have gotten to know her, and saddened to learn of her passing,” said State Senator Brian Benjamin. “Harlem was lucky to have her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.”

On Friday, July 5, the Harlem State Office Building was the setting for a joyous celebration of Mrs. Murphy’s 114th birthday. Under the auspices of 1199SEIU’s AFRAM Caucus and the office of State Senator Brian Benjamin, her family and friends celebrated her longevity, as well as her strength in raising two children after her husband passed away at an early age. Mrs. Murphy’s daughter, Rose Green, is a retired 1199 member, having spent most of her career at Methodist Hospital. She called her mother “A gift from God.”

Mrs. Murphy’s funeral will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019, at the United House of Prayer for All People located at 2320 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY 10027.

The viewing will be from 5 – 7 pm and the funeral service will immediately follow.

Photo credit: State Senator Benjamin

Related Articles


"We re-imagine, recreate, and redeem cultural omissions and misrepresentations of Blackness, for the culture. ...." This post is made in partnership with British Pathé.

Leave a Reply