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One of Oldest Living Americans Dies in Brooklyn at 112

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One of the oldest living Americans has died in Brooklyn.

Earlier this month, NY1 introduced you to Ernest Peronneau, who was turning 112 years old.

Peronneau died at his Clinton Hill home Wednesday.

He was believed to have been the oldest living African-American man.

Peronneau was born in South Carolina in 1902 and moved to New York when he was 16.

After trying his hand at different jobs, he eventually worked as a bricklayer and helped construct some iconic buildings around the city.

He was also active in the civil rights movement and worked with such leaders as W. E. B. Du Bois and Walter White.

Peronneau's funeral will be held on Monday at Piro Funeral Home.

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