Slave Poet of Colonial AmericaPhillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784) was America's first black published poet. Born in Africa, she was brought to Boston in 1861 and sold to merchant John Wheatley as a servant for his wife. Phillis was tutored by her progressive owners and received an unprecedented education. By the age of twelve, she was reading Greek and Latin classics as well as difficult passages from the Bible. At thirteen, she wrote her first poem and became a sensation. Amazed by her literary ability, the Wheatley family exempted her from household labor to concentrate on her studies.
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|Date Added||Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 374321 N 4094341|
|Decimal Degrees||36.98681667, -76.41221667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 59.209', W 76° 24.733'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 59' 12.54" N, 76° 24' 43.98" W|
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|Area Code(s)||804, 757|
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