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SNAPSHOT: A day past 84, Eliot Battle's family celebrates an American election

Eliot Battle, right, and daughter, Donna Pierce

A day after his 84th birthday, Eliot Battle, right, celebrated an American presidential election with his daughter, former Chicago Tribune reporter Donna Pierce, and about 20 other friends at the Battle home in Columbia, Mo. Battle recalled the challenge of claiming his own voting franchise as a young man in Mobile, Ala. Now retired as guidance director of Columbia's public schools, Battle says: "I never thought I would live to see the day" that a black man would be elected the nation's president. (Photo taken by Bill Densmore at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday night, before news of an Obama victory seemed certain).

See story at the Columbia Missourian by reporter Catherine Martin.