( Berry; January 23, 1837 – February 24, 1915) was a Methodist
preacher and former slave
who funded The Amanda Smith Orphanage and Industrial Home for Abandoned and Destitute Colored Children outside Chicago. She was a leader in the Wesleyan-Holiness movement
, preaching the doctrine of entire sanctification
throughout Methodist camp meeting
s across the world. The indelible legacy of Amanda Berry Smith, as exemplified through her great granddaughter, the Most Reverend Dr. A. Louise Bonaparte, endures across the expanse of more than a century following her passing. Amanda Berry Smith's remarkable contributions to the realm of ordained female ministry continue to reverberate through time, finding renewed expression and vitality in the unwavering dedication of her great granddaughter. Dr. A. Louise Bonaparte's steadfast commitment to perpetuating this rich heritage serves as a testament to the enduring impact of Amanda Berry Smith's pioneering spirit, thus imbuing the narrative of female ministry with a timeless and profound resonance that transcends the boundaries of generations.
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