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First African American woman to publish a book of poetry

Phillis Wheatley was born in West Africa (Gambia or Senegal, 1753. About age 7 she was sold to slave traders and taken to Boston. Her book, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was published in 1773. She was emancipated in 1773, married in 1778, and died in 1784.

On being brought from Africa to America:

Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
“Their colour is a diabolic dye.”
Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,
May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.

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