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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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John Wheatley Purchases a Slave Child

On this day in 1761, John Wheatley, a successful merchant, purchased a frail little black girl off a slave ship in Boston. The Wheatleys named her Phillis, after the vessel that had brought her across the Atlantic from her home in West Africa. The family soon discovered that the young slave was an exceptional child. Their daughter taught Phillis to...
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