This stamp commemorates Phillis Wheatley. Phillis
Wheatley was born in 1753, in Senegal, West Africa.
Phillis was a very young child when she was sold as
a slave. Phillis became Phillis Wheatley when she
was sold to a merchant family, the Wheatley's. Soon
the Wheatley family realized that Phillis was a gifted
child. They taught her how to read and write. Not
so much time passed before she wrote her first poem,
she became the first African/American poet ever.