Author Talk: Joyce Mosley | "Gram's Gift"

Author Talk: Joyce Mosley | "Gram's Gift"

Join us for a conversation with Joyce Mosley, author of Gram’s Gift (AuthorHouse, 2020).

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 to know the contributions made by their ancestors. So, she gathers her grandchildren together for a family history lesson. Her lesson begins with Cyrus Bustill, who was 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 a 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, soldiers 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 is their family history.

Author Joyce Mosley assumed the role of family historian over 30 years ago. She has documented her African-American family history to European settlers and Cyrus Bustill. Joyce has presented her family research at genealogy conferences and regional meetings including the African-American Historical and Genealogical Society and the African-American Genealogy Group.

Joyce is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century, the Society of Founding Families of New Jersey, The Society of Founding Families of Pennsylvania, African-American Genealogy Group, and the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage.

In 2019, Joyce’s family research was featured in a PBS episode of “Movers and Makers.”

This program is part of the Black Lives Always Mattered! public program series at the Blockson Collection, which has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

This program will be presented via Zoom Webinar. On the day of the program, use this link to join: 

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Registration is required. There are 100 seats available.