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Interior page from Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, 1773.
A page in Wheatley's collection of poems, verifying that she is the author

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Phillis Wheatley, the First African American Published Book of Poetry
September 1, 1773

Soon after she returned home, Wheatley was given her freedom. As a free woman, she published both an antislavery letter and a poem to George Washington, whom she had met. Washington wrote to Wheatley, thanking her and praising her "great poetical Talents."

Phillis Wheatley married John Peters, a free black man, in 1778 and published three more poems. Her husband, however, was not as successful in business. Wheatley became a servant later on in her life, and when she died, she was very poor. Although she died poor, she died a free woman.

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