Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784), merely at seven or eight years of age was sold as a slave and with other slaves travelled from her native place in West Africa, most probably Gambia or Senegal to Boston on a slave ship. Then she was again sold to an affluent merchant John Wheatley.
Genius recognises the genius. Once in 1775, Phillis Wheatley wrote a poem on George Washington and sent it to him with her letter. George Washington was just astonished at her poetic flare, though he responded late but the letter is worth reading exhibiting his humility and his appreciation of her talent.