This Day in Black History: Jan. 21, 1773

Poet Phillis Wheatley is freed.  

Posted: 01/21/2012 07:00 AM EST

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Phillis Wheatley, who was born a slave in 1745, was freed on this day. She published her first book of poems, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, that year, making her the first African-American to have her writing published.

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