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Gertrude Smith (right) holds a bouquet of flowers given to her by members of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in celebration of her 100th birthday on Sept. 21, 2008. A fourth-generation Bostonian who touched the lives of scores of young people as a teacher in the city as well as Martha’s Vineyard, “Aunt Gertrude” watched with pride last month as Barack Obama was sworn in as the country’s first black president. In fact, she says, she didn’t miss a second.

Gertrude Smith (right) holds a bouquet of flowers given to her by members of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in celebration of her 100th birthday on Sept. 21, 2008. A fourth-generation Bostonian who touched the lives of scores of young people as a teacher in the city as well as Martha’s Vineyard, “Aunt Gertrude” watched with pride last month as Barack Obama was sworn in as the country’s first black president. In fact, she says, she didn’t miss a second.

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At 100, 'Aunt Gertrude' a witness to history

Gertrude Smith (right) holds a bouquet of flowers given to her by members of the Ebenezer...