This is one of our recent acquisitions in the Archives and Special Collections, a copy of the 1781 issue of The Arminian Magazine. This magazine was founded by John Wesley in 1778 as part of a response to the evangelical revival and he often sought personal religious accounts to feature. Something notable about this issue in particular is that it features Phillis Wheatley, the first published African American female poet. Phillis Wheatley was born in West Africa and was sold into slavery at a young age. During her time as a slave Wheatley learned to read and write, and was encouraged to write poetry. After her master’s death, she was emancipated and married. This particular issue features three of Phillis Wheatley’s poems, “On the Death of a Child, five years of Age”, “On the Death of a young Gentleman” and “Thoughts on the Works of Providence”. Come read the work of this significant African American poet!
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By Laure Mounts