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African American Firsts

1670 Zipporah Potter Atkins – The first free African American woman to own land in Boston 1760 Jupiter Hammon – First African American published author; poem “An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ with Penitential Cries” 1768 Wentworth Cheswell – the first to be elected to public office. Town constable in Newmarket, NH 1773 Phillis Wheatley – first to publish a book First African American church Silver Bluff Baptist Church, Aiken County South Carolina 1821 Thomas L. Jennings patent for the […]

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