Preserving a Legacy
One hundred and sixteen years.
The World's Oldest Living Person
from June 21, 2011 through
Decemember 4, 2012.
Born in 1896 and living through the year 2012, Besse Brown Cooper became the eighth human being in history to live to the age of 116, inspiring millions around the world. As the eldest human on the planet, she represented all of us.
As a supercentenarian, one who lives to age 110 or older, Besse also represented an underserved group that number fewer than 100 persons worldwide.
Uplifted by her longevity and strength of character, the Besse Brown Cooper Foundation, a non-profit organization, was created to further her legacy through supporting supercentenarians, helping to reshape the culture in which we perceive and provide for our elders.
Big change begins with small steps. Besse Cooper's beloved farm is in imminent danger of being sold and developed, forever lost to history. Our first step will be to purchase and preserve this woodland that is still home to her personal history, repurposing it as a park.
Please consider donating to help save Besse's farm. Your contribution will immediately benefit our work in securing the farm as a place of natural beauty, celebrating the life of Besse Brown Cooper, for all to enjoy.
Besse Brown Cooper Foundation
Your contribution to our efforts is greatly appreciated.