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Lucy Terry Prince

(1730-1821 / the United States)

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Lucy Terry (c.1730-1821) is the author of the oldest known work of literature by an African American.

Terry was stolen from Africa and sold into slavery as an infant. She was owned by Ebenezer Wells of Deerfield, who allowed her to be baptized into the Christian faith at about five years of age during the Great Awakening.

Her work, "Bars Fight", is a ballad about attack upon ... more »

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