Black History #1

1773: Phillis Wheatley, a Boston slave, becomes the first African-American to publish a work

Her book of poetry is titled Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral and focuses on her upbringing and on religion. After its publication, Ms. Wheatley travels to London to promote it, and George Washington comments that he likes her work.

Phyllis Wheatley was born in Gambia, Senegal and was forced into slavery at the age of seven.

http://www.shmoop.com/news/2010/02/08/important-moments-black-history/

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