Anna Amelia Bustill Smith (1862-?)

Anna Amelia Bustill Smith was a teacher and published author, born in Harrisburg, Pa in 1862, to Joseph Cassey Bustill and Sarah Humphreys.  In 1913, Anna wrote and published Reminiscences of Colored People of Princeton, N. J. (1800-1900), which she intended to serve as a chronicle summarizing the achievements and good character of some of the 19th century African American residents who lived in Princeton, NJ.   As she states in the introductory paragraph “There are so few histories of colored people, so few records of their brave and honorable deeds in history, that I feel constrained to record a few facts relative to these people.  It is only a cursory glance I can give--I could easily enlarge the sketch to twice this size.”

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