"Phillis Wheatley (b. 1753), was brought to Boston from Senegal on a slave ship in 1761 and purchased by John Wheatley as a personal servant to his wife. The Wheatleys educated Phillis, who mastered English, Latin, and Greek. Her volume of English poetry, published in 1773, is the earliest known publication by an African-American writer. This portrait of her appeared in Revue des Colonies in Paris between 1834 and 1842."