Phillis Wheatley was born in Senegal around 1753. At the age of 8, she was kidnapped and brought to Boston on a slave ship. Her owners, John and Susanna Wheatley of Boston, named her Phillis and taught her to read and write. "The Wheatleys supported her education and relieved her of her household duties when they recognized her literary talent"
Found in The Kansas City Sun in Kansas City, Missouri on Sat, Aug : St. Joseph, Missouri News with Photo of Prof. Wm. H. Jones who has held every office in the Grand Lodge Save Grand Master.... on Aug 1916 on page 2