Andrew Hatch (born October 7, 1898) is the oldest living person in Oakland at age 116, and one of the oldest in the world. His story is hella interesting.
Hatch was born in Louisiana and grew up in Texas. He escaped an attempted lynching in the 1920s and fled to Mexico, where he learned Spanish. He came to Oakland in the 1930s. 1
In Oakland, he drove a taxi for many years in a collective organized by Esther Mabry (of Esther's Orbit Room).
Links and References
- Tale of survival: Oakland man celebrates 116th birthday Oakland Tribune October 8, 2014