Phillis Wheatley

Poet Phillis Wheatley Full Name: Phillis Wheatley
Nationality: American

Profession: Poet
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 8, 1753
Star Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: , West Africa

Died: December 5, 1784 (aged 31)

Married Life

  • 1778-04-01 Poet Phillis Wheatley (24) weds grocer and advocate for black rights John Peters

Historical Events in the Life of Phillis Wheatley

  • 1775-10-18 African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.

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