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Ms. Wills is a writer, researcher, lecturer, and Genealogist, who specializes in Free Persons of Color in Colonial America.

Background Information

Author, Anita Wills, is the Author of two books, Notes And Documents of Free Persons of Color, and Pieces of the Quilt: The Mosaic of An African American Family (due out May 2009). Ms. Wills writes about Free Persons of Color in Colonial Virginia and Pennsylvania.  She was born and raised in Chester County Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Her early influences were her father, who was a linguist, and her mother who shared stories about their forebearers. 

Pieces of The Quilt continues the chronicles from the first book, Notes And Documents of Free Persons of Color. The chronicles include a brief excerpt on President Barack Obama.  Ms. Wills ancestor, Elijah Johnson, was one of the founders of Monrovia.   He is a direct ancestor of the author, and besides settling Liberia fought in the War of 1812.  His daughter, Sarah Johnson is the direct ancestor of Ms. Wills. The book continues along with stories of ancestors who were related to, and resided in the household of James Monroe's grandfather,  William Monroe Senior, and Uncle William Monroe Junior. 

The book is in narrative form and describes the Pieces of the Quilt, which make up the African Americans Mosaic.

Birth Place
Coatesville, PA USA

Numerous articles in papers, such as the Fredricksburg Freelance Star, Monterey Herald, Reading Eagle Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, and Oakland Tribune.

Reading Eagle-Times February 3, 2002, Rooted In History
Coatesville Ledger, Jauary 31-February 6, 2002, Local Family's History Linked to Washington
Monterey Herald, February 22, 2000
Fredericksburg Freelance Star, October 2, 1999
Richmond Times Dispatch, October 10, 1999
Ms. Wills has contributed to an Exhibit at the DAR Museum in Washington DC commorating Native, and African Americans in the Revolutionary War.

"Notes And Documents of Free Persons of Color: Colonial Virginia 1650-1850, Heritage Books: MD 2003.

In October of 1999, Ms. Wills coordinated an event with the National Park Services, titled Mary and Patty Bowden Commemoration Ceremony.

In September of 2000, Ms. Wills coordinated an event with the National Park Services to commemorate Native, and African American Soldiers.

Additional Information

Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color is now available for purchase, through Barnes & Nobles, Powells Books,, and Blackwells US. The isbn is 1-4116-0333-8.

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