Poet, Phillis Wheatley, (b.1753 - d. December 5, 1784) Was sold into slavery at age 7, and transported to North America (Boston Massachusetts). She was bought by John Wheatley and named Phillis after the ship that brought her. She was the first African American woman to have her writings published.
Phillis Wheatley, was brought to Boston from Senegal as a slave child who spoke no English. Phillis Wheatley (born c. 1753) was brought to Boston on a slave ship in 1761 and purchased by John Wheatley as a personal servant to his wife. The Wheatleys educated Phillis, who mastered English, Latin, and Greek. Her volume of English poetry, published in 1773, is the earliest known publication by an African-American writer.