Celebrating the Bible in Black History

An Autobiography: The Story of the Lord's Dealings with Mrs. Amanda Smith, the Colored Evangelist

By: Amanda Berry Smith

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Printed Book




United States




Printed on Paper


7.8 × 5.7 × 1.3 in. (19.9 × 14.5 × 3.3 cm)

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Amanda Berry Smith (1837–1915) was born into slavery in Maryland. Her father purchased her freedom, who worked extra jobs to buy freedom for him and his family. In 1862, Smith married James Smith, an ordained deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. After her husband’s death, Smith started traveling, becoming a popular speaker at churches and camp meetings. In 1878, she traveled to England and on to India and later Africa as a missionary, advancing women’s role in the ministry, especially in the AME and Methodist Churches. This first edition is in the original burgundy cloth binding with a gilt picture of Smith on the front cover.

Published in 1893 by The Christian Witness Co., Chicago, Illinois. Acquired by an unknown owner; Purchased in 2018 by Dr. Ted Steinbock, Louisville, Kentucky;[1] Privately purchased in 2020 by Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Dr. Steinbock purchased this book through AbeBooks.com

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