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Illus. Phyllis Wheatley Writing W/Quill

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Here’s another little known Black History fact. Phillis Wheatley was the first published African American female author. She was sold into slavery at the age of seven and transported to North America,were she was purchased by the Wheatley family, who taught her to read and write and encouraged her poetry when they saw her talent. Her Poems on religious and moral brought her fame both in England and the American colonies. Figures such as George Washington praised her work.

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