Woman, 88, gets passport, set for church trip

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Lucille Brown is ready to roll.

Miss Brown, 88, of Reservoir Hill had been denied a passport because she could not provide proof of her birth. But yesterday, the passport office at the U.S. State Department informed her attorney that she would receive a passport good for 10 years.

That means she will be able to leave July 4 on a two-week trip to Europe with her church to attend the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In the 45 years she has attended the church, she has never missed the general conference, held every five years.

"It's wonderful. I kept praying about it," Miss Brown said yesterday after she learned the passport was heading to her via Federal Express. "I've got everything ready. I can pack my bags now."

After reading of her plight yesterday in The Sun, the offices of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and Rep. Kweisi Mfume both intervened on her behalf. Mr. Mfume wrote to Miss Brown yesterday that he was pleased she would receive her passport "and because of your rapidly approaching departure date, I will continue to monitor this situation."

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