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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Cyrus Bustill


Cyrus Bustill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trinket Troy, March 6, 2008
1. Cyrus Bustill Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  Born of white, Black and Native American descent, he bought his freedom and became a baker of bread for Revolutionary troops. A founder of the Free African Society, he later opened a school for Black children while living here.
Erected 1992 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 39° 57.117′ N, 75° 8.628′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Arch Street west of North 2nd Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Arch Street parallels Market Street one block north. It is one way west. 2nd Street is one way south, so from Market Street take Front Street to Arch. Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Betsy Ross House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Betsy Ross (about 300 feet away); Welcome to the Betsy Ross House (about 300 feet away); Samuel Hopkins
Baker at the Bakery image. Click for full size.
By Trinket Troy, March 6, 2008
2. Baker at the Bakery
Pole of marker can be seen on the right.
(about 300 feet away); Pierce Butler (about 400 feet away); Andrew Hamilton (about 400 feet away); Jacob Broom (about 400 feet away); Robert Morris (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
More about this marker. There is a bakery today on the site named Tarts. Marker is in front of the bakery.
Also see . . .
1. Cyrus Bustill (1732–1804). “Cyrus Bustill was born enslaved in Burlington, New Jersey, the son of European American attorney Samuel Bustill and one of his enslaved Africans. Samuel Bustill sold his son to Quaker Thomas Prior, a baker who taught Cyrus his trade. Prior liberated Bustill in 1769, making him one of the 104 enslaved Africans manumitted by Friends in Burlington Quarterly Meeting of Friends from 1763–1796.” (Submitted on March 21, 2008.) 

2. Cyrus Bustill - Behind the Marker. (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
Categories. African AmericansEducationNative Americans
Cyrus Bustill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2017
3. Cyrus Bustill Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2008, by Trinket Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,720 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 21, 2008, by Trinket Troy of Burke, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 25, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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