Anita Wills

Independent Historian

Anita Wills is a writer and author of three books, Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color, Pieces of the Quilt: The Mosaic of An African American Family, and Black Minqua The Life and Times of Henry Green. She is the host of “Anita Talks Genealogy” on Blog Talk Radio.  She studied history and African American Literature at Evergreen Valley College and Merritt College in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She has authored a number of articles and essays on the Black experience in the United States, including “Front and Center Some Who Served in the United States Colored Troops,” Pennsylvania Grand Review, Dickinson College, http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/grandreview/2010/06/01/front-and-center-some-who-served-in-the-united-states-colored-troops/.


She was a speaker at the 250th Anniversary of Alexandria Virginia, Yorktown Battlefield, and the George Washington Birthplace.  Ms. Wills is one of the few African American members, of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Her book, Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color was discussed on C-Spans Book TV in September of 2005.  She is contributor to a theater production, “Love Balm For My Spirit Child,” which was performed in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The native of Pennsylvania specializes in research and lectures on Free Persons of Color in Colonial Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

William Chester Ruth (1882-1971)

William Chester Ruth, 1950 Image Courtesy of Anita Wills William Chester Ruth was an African American inventor, business owner, and community leader in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  Ruth was the son of Samuel and Maria Louisa Pinn-Ruth.  The 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment liberated Samuel, a former … Read MoreWilliam Chester Ruth (1882-1971)