Murphy, a New Yorker who was drawn to the town by the Harlem Renaissance, died Saturday, confirmed her granddaughter, Nefer Nekhet.
“It’s with nice unhappiness that we share information of the passing of Mrs. Alelia Murphy,” the well being care employees’ union 1199SEIU, of which Murphy’s daughter was a member, stated Wednesday in an announcement.
“Mrs. Murphy was the oldest dwelling American, having celebrated her 114th birthday in July, surrounded by her household, pals, group leaders, and members of our AFRAM Caucus.”
The reason for Murphy’s demise was not instantly accessible.
What she credited for her longevity
Murphy’s 114th birthday on July 6 was trigger for group celebration. Officers within the Harlem part of New York Metropolis, the place Murphy had lived since 1926, declared it “Alelia Murphy Appreciation Day.”
New York state Sen. Brian Benjamin referred to as Murphy a “Harlem landmark” and thanked her for her contributions to the group.
Born in North Carolina, Murphy moved to Manhattan on the peak of the Harlem Renaissance. Her involvement with group organizations and her church over time made her a neighborhood icon.
She was widowed in 1953 and supported her two youngsters as a seamstress for many of her life.
Murphy did not converse on the birthday occasion, however her household stated she credited her longevity to God and “being a superb individual.”