Poet “Phillis Wheatley” memorialized in this stunning bronze statue rendered by Meredith Bergmann and placed on the corner of Commonwealth & Fairfield Streets in Boston as part of the 2003 Boston Women’s Memorial.
Learn About Phillis Wheatley, the Slave Poet of Colonial America
Phillis Wheatley was born in Senegal around At the age of she was kidnapped and brought to Boston on a slave ship. Her owners, John and Susanna Wheatley of Boston, named her Phillis and taught her to read and write.
Although she was an African slave, Phillis Wheatley was one of the best-known poets in prenineteenth-century America. A brilliant young girl, her owners educated her. She wrote poems said to be admired by George Washington.