Charles Hicks Bustill

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Charles Hicks Bustill (c.1815–1890) was an African-American abolitionist and conductor in the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia before the American Civil War. He made a living as a plasterer.

Bustill's grandfather was Cyrus Bustill and he was a member of the city's prominent Bustill family. [1] His children include Gertrude Bustill Mossell and Maria Louisa Bustill, mother of Paul Robeson.[2]


  1. ^ Wright, Nazera Sadiq (2016-09-08). Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 9780252099014. 
  2. ^ Lloyd Louis Brown (1997). The Young Paul Robeson: On My Journey Now. p. 152. ... Charles Hicks Bustill — Paul Robeson's grandfather. Charles, who was born in 1816, and his older brother, James Mapps Bustill, became partners as plastering contractors with ... 

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