I’ve never been the type to use the term “black love”, but in the case of Norma and Norman Burmah, they have some serious love going on. Norma and Norman have been married for 82 years, and their names go perfectly together. They exchanged vows on January 26, 1931, making them the longest living married couple in the United States. Norma is the youngest of the pair and turns 100 on July 4, 2013. Norman is 102. The Burmahs have two children, six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
“We knew our grandparents were Louisiana’s longest married couple and were pretty sure they were the longest living African-American couple in the United States, but the fact that they could be the country’s longest living married couple is just phenomenal,” granddaughter Glenda McKinley said in a statement. “We see them as our national treasure.”
The Burmahs have seen history unfold right before their eyes. They’ve been together through the Great Depression, World War II and more recently, they survived Hurricane Katrina.
Last year the Burmahs were inducted into the Louisiana Family Forum’s Marriage Hall of Fame as Lousiana’s longest living married couple. “The lasting and loving relationship of Norman and Norma serves as a great example to all who value the institution of marriage,” said Governor Bobby Jindal.