Architectural detail of window arches on Old South Church in Boston



Phillis Wheatley Comes Home: The Boston Poet Returns to Old South Church

February 24, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Mary Norton Hall

What can we learn about the character, personality and passions of the Boston poet who worshiped here at the Old South Church and whose legacy has been grossly neglected?

Developing previously unexplored material and adding fresh perspectives, Richard Kigel, author of Heav’nly Tidings from the Afric Muse: The Grace and Genius of Phillis Wheatley, presents Phillis as a flesh and blood woman and accomplished literary artist offering the opportunity to reevaluate the significant role Phillis Wheatley played in the tumultuous birth of our nation.

Insights by three centuries of Wheatley scholars, authentic statements by her contemporaries and her own words taken from her writings, present a vivid picture of Phillis Wheatley in her time, resurrecting the spirit of the poet for twenty-first-century America. For more on Richard Kigel, visit