Phillis Wheatley entry: Overview screen.
PW was born in Africa, probably in Gambia
21 December 1767
The appearance of a poem by PW, "On Messrs. Hussey and Coffin", in a Boston
newspaper was remarkable (though not a first) because of Wheatley's status as a chattel slave.
29 February 1772
PW's owner, John Wheatley, put out proposals for collecting and publishing a volume of her poems; but the project did not go through.
By October 1773
PW's Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
was published in London
, certified to be the unaided work of a 'Negro servant'.
5 December 1784
Phillis Peters (formerly PW) died "in poverty, largely forgotten."