Printed Works

Phillis Wheatley's Poetry

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, written by Phillis Wheatley, the first published African-American author, was lauded in both Europe and the American colonies as an example of the artistic and intellectual equality of people of African descent. Wheatley was born in Africa but was captured and brought to America as an enslaved child. This original copy of her work, published in 1773, is autographed by Wheatley.

See Phillis Wheatley’s Poetry on display in the American Liberties section of the core galleries on the second floor.

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
Written by Phillis Wheatley
London, England
Leather, Paper, Linen
Museum of the American Revolution, Gift of Dr. Marion T. Lane