This Day in Black History: Jan. 21, 1773

This Day in Black History: Jan. 21, 1773

Phillis Wheatley, who was born a slave, was freed on Jan. 21, 1773, and published her first book of poetry that year.

Published January 21, 2012

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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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Written by Britt Middleton

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