Phillis Wheatley Jane Edna Hunter SIGNED Cleveland

This 40 page booklet was written by one of the African American women in American history. Written in 1948. It is in excellent condition. Cover is thick paper. It measures 4 X 6.75 inches.

The booklet details the life of the great African American poetess, Phillis Wheatley. It includes some of her poetry. It also tells of the work of the Phillis Wheatley Foundation. T is also information about Jane Edna Hunter and her various accomplishments. It is inscribed inside the front cover "Christmas Greetings Jane E. Hunter 1948.

Jane Edna Hunter
NAME: Jane Edna Hunter; born Jane Edna Harris.

BIRTHDATE: Dec. 13, 1882.

BIRTH PLACE: Pendleton, South Carolina

FAMILY BACKGROUND: Jane's parents, Edward Harris and Harriet Millner, were sharecroppers. Jane's father was born to a slave woman and the white overseer of a plantation. Jane was light-skinned and felt more akin to her father's side; she was somewhat alienated from her dark-skinned mother. Later in life she admitted rejecting her racial heritage with its poverty and subjugation. In part her life's work sought to give the world what she had not been able to give her mother. Following her father's death when she was ten, Jane and her 3 siblings were raised by various relatives. She had a brief marriage to Edward Hunter, a man 40 years her senior.

EDUCATION: Jane was taught to read and write by the daughter of her employer w she was a live-in servant. At fourteen Jane was invited by missionaries to attend a Presbyterian school in Abbeville, South Carolina. She graduated from Ferguson College in 1896, and subsequently completed nursing training. In 1904 she completed advanced training at Hampton Institute in Virginia. She attended Marshall Law School in Cleveland and passed the Ohio bar examination in 1925.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The focus of Jane's adult life was the improvement of conditions for African-American women. She sought to protect and guide poor young single girls from the south who migrated north for work as she had. In Cleveland in 1911 she founded the Working Girls Association which became the Phillis Wheatley Association the next year. The Association established a settlement house that provided lodging, training and work placement. Hunter's project became the model for similar projects nationwide.

She founded the Women's Civic League of Cleveland in 1943. She established the Phillis Wheatley Foundation scholarship fund; the foundation later established the Jane Edna Hunter Scholarship Fund. She held executive offices in the National Association for Colored Women (NACW). In 1937 she was a nominee for the NAACP's Spingarn Medal. She was granted honorary degrees from Fisk University, Allen University in South Carolina, Central State University in Ohio and the Tuskegee Institute. In 1940 she penned her autobiography, A Nickel and a Prayer ." The Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Department of Children and Family Services building at 3955 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland is named in her honor. T is a Jane Edna Hunter Museum at the Phillis Wheatley Center at 4450 Cedar Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.

DATE OF DEATH: Jan. 19, 1971

PLACE OF DEATH: Cleveland, Ohio


Heroes of Ohio: Jane Edna Hunter, "A Nickel and a Prayer"
Encyclopedia of Cleveland History: Jane Edna Hunter
Encyclopedia of Cleveland History: Phillis Wheatley Association


Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral . London: Printed for Archibald Bell and Sold in Boston by Cox and Berry, 1773.

Phillis Wheatley was one of the most well- known poets in America during her day. Wheatley was born on the western coast of Africa and kidnapped from the Senegal-Gambia region when she was about seven years old. Not being of suitable age to be sold as a slave in the West Indies or the southern colonies, she was transported to Boston, w she was purchased in 176l by John Wheatley, a prominent tailor, as an attendant to his wife. Phillis learned English quickly and was taught to read and writ...
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