From Slavery to Paul Robeson and Beyond—An African-American Family’s Interracial Roots to Philadelphia’s Colonial Past
Imprint: Brookline Books
264 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 20–35 illustrations
- August 2024
Members and descendants of the Montier family included Cyrus Bustill, a black activist and baker who made bread for George Washington’s Continental Army, and David Bustill Bowser, an activist during the nineteenth century and Civil War who designed and created the colors for eleven African American regiments at Camp William Penn. More recent descendants include the great Paul Robeson, a renowned African-American scholar, lawyer, diplomat, athlete, singer, and actor, and William Pickens, Sr., a co-founder of the NAACP. The book will also trace modern descendants of the family.
2. The Powerful Slaveholding English, New York, and Philadelphia Quaker Backgrounds of Richard and Humphrey Morrey
3. A Forbidden Romance Develops during Racially Explosive Times
4. Richard Morrey: A Gentleman Player?
5. Richard and Cremona’s Visible, Child-Producing Relationship
6. Richard Passes to Cremona Nearly 200 Acres Before His Death
7. Was the Relationship True Love or Coerced?
8. Cremona, Jr. and Her Relationship with Husband John Montier during the Revolutionary War
9. The Development of Guineatown, Home to Descendant Cyrus Bustill and Other Early Residents
10. Early and Modern Descendants of the Family, including Paul Robeson and William Pickens, Sr., a Co-Founder of the NAACP and Philly’s Pioneering Black Lawyers
11. The Legacy of the Historic Interracial Relationship, including the Disappearance of 73 Guineatown Graves