Amanda Berry Smith (January 23, 1837 – February 24, 1915) was a former slave who became an inspiration to thousands of women, both black and white. She was born to slaves in Long Green, Maryland, a small town in Baltimore County. Her fathers name was Samuel Berry and her mothers name was Mariam Matthews. The Smiths had thirteen children. Her father was a well-trusted man, and his master’s widow trusted him enough to place him in charge of her farm. After his duties for the day were done, Mr. Berry was allowed to go out and earn extra money for himself and his family. Many nights he would go without sleeping because he was busy making brooms and husk mats for the Baltimore market to make extra cash. He was devoted to the goal of freedom. After first purchasing his freedom, he made it his mission to buy his familys. After his familys freedom was secured, the Smiths settled in Pennsylvania.
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