Slave Poet of Colonial America
In 1773, she was sent to London to recover her health. While there, a collection of her work was published as Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, the first book by an African American. Her 1775 poem celebrating George Washington resulted in an invitation to his home and attention from Thomas Jefferson. As a strong supporter of independence during the American Revolution, she championed the end of slavery. In 1778, Wheatley was legally freed by her master’s will. She died in 1784, at age 31. Phillis Wheatley is highly regarded today as she marks the beginning of the genre of African American literature.
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Since 1942, the Phillis Wheatley branch of the YWCA has been a staple in the East End community. It began operations
Location. 36° 59.209′ N, 76° 24.733′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on Orcutt Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the YWCA. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2702 Orcutt Avenue, Newport News VA 23607, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pearl Mae Bailey (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Annie Belle Daniels (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ella Fitzgerald (approx. half a mile away); Newsome House (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Newsome House (approx. half a mile away); The Clark Oak (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gregory Cherry (approx. 0.6 miles away); James A. Fields House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport News.
Also see . . . Phillis Wheatley - Poetry Foundation. (Submitted on October 2, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Colonial Era •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 1, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.