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The Story of Fatou or Phillis Wheatley
by Latorial Faison
Saturday, February 09, 2013
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     She was stolen from West Africa
At the age of eight
Brought to Boston, Massachusetts
To live as a slave
Purchased by a rich tailor
To serve his wife
John Wheatley gave Fatou
A quite interesting life
They changed her name to Phillis
Gave her chores to do
Taught her reading, writing, geography
And foreign languages too
      Phillis learned fast
Faster than the norm
     Around 1767
She published her first poem
In 1773  
Phillis traveled to Britain
     Where the Countess of Huntington
Published poems she’d written
     Phillis was a slave girl
And still very young
     So no one could believe
What she had done 
     Her poetry astounded
Nearly everyone
     Even the President
George Washington
     The Wheatley's died
They left Phillis poor and alone
     So she married a grocer
And tried to make a home
     Phillis had three children
Who all died very young
     Poverty and sickness
Was their main problem
     Phillis Wheatley died 
In 1784
     How could she be so revered
And die alone and poor
     Today we honor Phillis Wheatley
For being the very first
     Black woman in America
To ever publish verse
Copyrighted 2005 Latorial Faison
from 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History (2006)

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Reviewed by Connie Faust
Thank you for the visit into Black History. It is very interesting and well-written.

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