Jupiter Hammon (born October 17, 1711) was the first Black person to be published in what was to become the United States of America. The earliest know work of Hammon was published in 1761. Additional poems and sermons were also published.
the MEMBERS of the AFRICAN SOCIETY, in the City of NEW YORK
I Take the liberty to dedicate an address to my poor brethren to you. If you think it is likely to do good among them, I do not doubt but you will take it under your care. You have discovered so much kindness and good will to those you thought were oppressed, and had no helper, that I am sure you will not despise what I have wrote, if you judge it will be of any service to them. I have nothing to add, but only to wish that “the blessing of many ready to perish, may come upon you.”
First Negro Poet: The Complete Works
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Series: Empire State Historical Publications Series
Hardcover: 122 pages
Publisher: Associated Faculty Pr Inc (September 1983)