PHILLIS WHEATLEY #100travelHERS
Birth: circa 1753; present-day Gambia or Senegal
Death: December 5, 1784; Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation: Poet; slave laborer from 1761 until her emancipation in 1778
Notable journeys: Departed for London on May 8, 1771, accompanied by her master’s son. Was welcomed by several public figures (including Benjamin Franklin) and found patrons for her work. After a court battle in Boston to prove she was in fact the author of her first volume of poetry, it was published in London in 1773.
Notable work: Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral; On Being Brought from Africa to America
Quote: “The world is a severe schoolmaster, for its frowns are less dangerous than its smiles and flatteries, and it is a difficult task to keep in the path of wisdom.”