phillis wheatley

by eli murraye

early life

  1. Phillis Wheatley was born in 1753
  2. at the age of eight, she was sold to the wealthy Boston merchant and tailor John Wheatley, who bought the young girl as a servant for his wife Susanna
  3. The Wheatleys' 18 year old daughter Mary first tutored Phillis in reading and writing
  4. Phillis Wheatley began to write poetry
  5. At the age of 14, she wrote her first poem

later life

  1. In 1773, at the age of 20, Phillis accompanied Nathaniel Wheatley to London in part for her health, but also because Susanna believed she would have a better chance publishing her poetry there
  2. Her husband John Peters was imprisoned for debt in 1784
  3. Wheatley died on December 5, 1784, at the age of 31
  4. Her infant son died three and a half hours after her death
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her poetry

"To the King's Most Excellent Majesty"


she has an community center named after her