PHILLIS WHEATLEY - THATS HER SLAVE NAME (Additans)
Taken as a slave
In what is now
Known as Nigeria
Formally parts known
As Benin - Gambia
Took fellow Africans
For the slave trade
Yes wholesalers - more than a few
There were many wholesalers - Africans - Arabs
Involved in the wholesale slave trade
Phillis being but one sold and resold till she finally landed in America
The Land Of The Free! (sic)
Along her way - robbed of her African name! On landing in America - Retailed!
Made to stand upon - The Auction Block!
A white man saw her - liked the look of her!
Decided that she would make a companion for his dear wife in his house!
Not unlike buying a 'pet! '
The first thing she had was her African names taken away!
Replaced with Phillis Wheatley - her white owner's family name!
They taught her English & how to read & write
Eventually, she were - FREED - from bondage & slavery!
Became a writer of poetry! As more people were reading her works
She became known.
Many of her works have ' been lost ' over time! Very sad to write!
Two quotes of Phillis worthy of quoting are:
'' We had our own religion in Africa long before you white men came! ''
'' YOU ASK ME DID I SING AND DANCE '', Said with acid I like to think in her voice! On being patronised!
Ken D. Williams
The Dyslexic Wordsmith Ov Thanet
Poetry by ken d williams
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Written on 2022-11-14 at 12:52
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