• I was born in West Africa in 1753.
  • I was sold into slavery at the aged of seven and transported to America, where I was purchased in 1761 by John Wheatley.
  • I quickly learnt to read and write. I wrote my first poem in 1767.
  • I was taken by John Wheatley to London where a collection of my poems was published under the title Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral in 1773.
  • Freed in 1778, I am considered one of the most famous poets of the revolutionary period.

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