Phillis Wheatley

May 8 1753 - December 5 1784
born in Africa

Phillis Wheatley was taken from African to be sold on the slave market at the age of 7. The Wheatley family took her in because she had very little clothing and was about to die from sickness. The Wheatley family did not excuse her from household work but they did teach her to read and write. She learned geography, math and many other essentials for life. She was an inspiration to all African Americans of her time.

When she turned 18 she had already made 28 poems and with the help of Mrs. Wheatley she got publishers. many of her poems got rejected because she was African. Many people would not read her poems if they came across them in a paper or news article.

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 die." Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain, May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.