Full Name: 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.
- 1778-04-01 Poet Phillis Wheatley (24) weds grocer and advocate for black rights John Peters
- 1775-10-18 African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.