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Phillis Wheatley was brought to Boston from Senegal as a slave child who spoke no English. She was purchased by John Wheatley as a personal servant to his wife. The Wheatleys educated Phillis, who mastered English, Latin, and Greek. Her volume of English poetry, published in 1773, is the earliest known publication by an African-American writer. [This rare portrait from Revue des Colonies in Paris shows her full face and wearing an evening dress and jewelry.]

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The Phillis Wheatley Monument

☆ The Phillis Wheatley Monument ☞ The first African-American poet and first African-American woman to publish a book in the United States :¦: Artist Sculptor Meredith Bergmann ☆

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Poet, Phyllis Wheatley, born into slavery in 1753 in Boston MA. First African American woman to have her writings published

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Today in Black History, 12/5/2013 - Phillis Wheatley was the first African American woman to have her work published. For more info, check out today's notes!

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Phillis Wheatley (May 8, 1753 – December 5, 1784) was the first African-American poet and first African-American woman to publish a book. Born in Senegambia, she was sold into slavery at the age of 7 or 8 and transported to North America. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston, who taught her to read and write, and encouraged her poetry when they saw her talent.

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Phillis Wheatley was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman. Born in Senegambia, she was sold into slavery at the age of 7 and transported to North America. Wikipedia

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Phillis Wheatley - Poet - Biography.com