Statue of Phillis Wheatley

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Phillis Wheatley, 1753-1784, poet, was the first African-American to publish poetry. Born into slavery, she was taken from her parents at an early age. She was raised Christian and offered an exceptional education by the family that owned her. She received he freedom on the death of her owner in 1778 and married. She had three children and none survived infancy. She died in poverty at age 31.

`TWAS mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew,
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.´

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  2. planetdahmer [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

    pretty!

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  4. adhararose 74 months ago | reply

    Thank your for sharing this wonderful photo and the story behind it.

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    Excellent!

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  18. Evnissyan 35 months ago | reply

    But Yahweh IS a pagan god. *sigh* -.- Bittersweet irony. Those who disagree don't do their homework... or read the bible from cover to cover.

    Anyway, it's a pity she died so young. It's a pity the deity she worshiped honored slavery and inspired it to begin with. Ah well.. nice shot. Beautiful image.

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