1775 African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery

Poet Phillis Wheatley

Why Famous: Phillis Wheatley was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman.

The publication of her “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral” (1773) brought her fame both in England and the American colonies leading to historical figures such as George Washington praising her work.

Born: May 81753
Birthplace: , West Africa
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: December 51784 (aged 31)