On Being Brought from Africa to America

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On Being Brought from Africa to America is featured in Wheatley's collection, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773), published while she was still a slave. Wheatley was emancipated three years later.
An illustration for the story On Being Brought from Africa to America by the author Phillis Wheatley
Documenting the American South, 1834
An illustration for the story On Being Brought from Africa to America by the author Phillis Wheatley
Documenting the American South, 1834
An illustration for the story On Being Brought from Africa to America by the author Phillis Wheatley
 'TWAS mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
  Taught my benighted soul to understand
  That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
  Once I redemption neither fought nor knew,
  Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
  "Their colour is a diabolic die."
  Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,
  May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.

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