She told it like it was, Annie Burton
Annie L. Burton’s birth in 1858 is celebrated on this date. She was a Black homemaker and publisher.
From Clayton, Alabama, her mother was a house slave who ran away from the plantation after being whipped, but returned after the Civil War when all slaves had been freed. Burton moved to Boston where she became a domestic servant. In 1888 she married a man who worked as a valet in Braintree.
In 1909 Burton published her book, Memories of Childhood's Slavery Days and a short biography of Abraham Lincoln.
African Americans/Voices of Triumph
by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Copyright 1993, TimeLife Inc.
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