ABOUT THE BOOK

Gram’s Gift tells the story of an African-American family with African, European, and Native American roots. Gram decided it was time for her grandchildren knew the contributions made by their ancestors. So, she gathers her grandchildren together for a family history lesson. Her lesson begins with Cyrus Bustill, born enslaved, purchased his freedom, operated a successful bakery business, and provided bread to George Washington’s troops camped at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. He was businessman, an educator, and a leader in the Black community. His children and grandchildren continued Cyrus’ legacy of leadership as they were agents in the Underground Railroad, solders in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the Civil War and advocates fighting for the right to vote for all. Gram’s gift to her grandchildren was their family history.

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