In recognition of: Phillis Wheatley
The Persister: Phillis Wheatley was the first African-American woman to publish a volume of poetry. Seized from her native West Africa home, and enslaved in a Boston household, Wheatley’s achievements were a catalyst for the early antislavery movement. Subjected to enslavement in her early life, poverty, and hardship in her later years, as well as facing a consistent lack of support from American society, Wheatley nonetheless continued to publish her poetry for the remainder of her life. A dominant feature of this room is the large, deep-set writing desk, a reminder of Wheatley’s ceaseless dedication to her work. Recall her spirit of persistence as you craft your own verse at Wellspring.
The Wheatley Room is available to single residents only. It features a single bed, an armchair, dresser, bedside table, and desk, as well as a desk lamp and desk chair.