Quote of the Moment: American poet Phillis Wheatley, the drive for freedom


Poet Phillis Wheatley at the Boston Women's Memorial; Lucy Stone in the background.

Phillis Wheatley at the Boston Women’s Memorial; Lucy Stone Abigail Adams in the background.

Phillis Wheatley lived as a slave in Boston, Massachusetts, during the American Revolution. Because she wrote so well, she avoided many of the problems of slavery until her master died. She died a few years later, in poverty, never achieving the fame or income she deserved.

She wrote about the Love of Freedom:

. . . in every human Breast, God has implanted a Principle, which we call Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for Deliverance … the same Principle lives in us.

Letter to the Reverend Samson Occom, February 11, 1774

Wheatley is featured in a stunning sculpture in Boston’s Women’s Memorial, with Abigail Adams and Lucy Stone.

Boston Women's Memorial at the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, featuring Phillis Wheatley, Lucy Stone and Abigail Adams.

Boston Women’s Memorial at the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, featuring Phillis Wheatley, Lucy Stone and Abigail Adams.

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3 Responses to Quote of the Moment: American poet Phillis Wheatley, the drive for freedom

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Mr. Boston, thanks for the correction. Wikipedia confirms it is Abigail Adams who stands, Lucy Stone appears to be writing at a table or desk. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Women%27s_Memorial

    Thanks again.

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  2. Mr. Boston says:

    Since you’re striving for accuracy – that’s Abigail Adams in the background, not Lucy Stone.

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  3. Beautiful sculptures!

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