Phillis Wheatley 1753 – 1784
Phillis Wheatley, also spelt Phyllis and Wheatly was the first
African-American author of a published book of poetry. Born in
West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or
eight and transported to North America.

Famous quotes:
 “Through thickest gloom look back, immortal shade, On that confusion
which thy death has made.” …
 “In every human Breast, God has implanted a Principle, which we call
Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for
Deliverance.”