High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Lucy Terry
(c.1730-1821) is the author of the oldest known work of literature
by an African American. Terry was stolen from Africa and sold into
slavery as an infant. She was owned by Ebenezer Wells of Deerfield,
who allowed her to be baptized into the Christian faith at about
five years of age during the Great Awakening. Her work, "Bars
Fight," is a ballad about attack upon two white families by Native
Americans on August 25, 1746. The attack occurred in Deerfield,
Massachusetts in an area called "The Bars," which was a colonial
term for a meadow. The poem was preserved orally until it was
finally published in 1855.
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