On October 18, 1775, African-American poet Phillis Wheatley was freed from slavery, upon the death of her master. Widely appreciated in her day, she was the first African-American to publish a book. By: Redactor Cornwallis Surrenders Look, Hitler — No Einstein! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website + = Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.