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Mary Ward, Grandmother And Victim Of Lending Scam, Places Chicken Wire Around Her Bed-Stuy Home To Fight Eviction

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Let Ms. Mary Ward tell you her life story. She's talkative, for sure, and a touch feisty.

Standing all of a diminuitive 5-feet tall, Ms. Ward has lived through enough in her 82 years to fill five novels: She recalls as a little girl, washing the feet of her great grandfather, a sharecropper and a former slave, each morning as he would return from the fields. She has lived through the Great Depression, Jim Crow America, and has modeled on movie sets alongside Lena Horne.

In the 50s, she worked as an elevator operator at Abraham & Straus, what is now Macy's on Fulton Street in Brooklyn. From the 50s through the 90s, it was life as a mother, a grandmother, and then a great grandmother.

Read the whole story at Bed-Stuy Patch