Today in Black History – February 28

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Phyllis Wheatly was invited to General George Washington’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA, on this date in 1776.  Wheatly had written a poem in his honor.

The play Porgy and Bess, starring Todd Duncan and Anne Browne, opened on Broadway on this date in 1943.

Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, comedian, died on this date in 1977.  Anderson performed over 30 years on both radio and television, with Jack Benny.

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5 Responses to “Today in Black History – February 28”

  1. 1 lwc March 1, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Is this an actual statue of Phyllis Wheatley ?
    Where is it ?

    I’ve only seen the pen-and-ink drawing on Wikipedia.

  2. 2 unclerave March 2, 2020 at 9:02 pm


    The Phillis Wheatley monument is a part of the Boston’s Women’s Memorial. Guess where?! LOL!
    — YUR

  3. 3 lwc March 4, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    This is a bigger deal than I realized.

    Besides the Boston’s Women’s Memorial, there’s a Boston Women’s Heritage Trail.

    Next time I visit friends in Boston, I’ll ask them to take me there.
    There’s so much I don’t know about, yet take for granted.

    Boston’s Women’s Memorial:

    Boston Women’s Heritage Trail:

  4. 4 LindaLee March 13, 2020 at 10:25 am

    WOW Unc, thank you. We have a Phillis Wheatley Center here, and I always thought it was named for someone local! I, unfortunately, knew nothing about this woman. LL

  5. 5 lwc March 13, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    I primarily knew the name as “Phillis Wheatley High School”, my school’s chief rival in my home town. However, I didn’t learn her significance to American history and culture until adulthood when I learned to do research on my own without depending formal education.

    Many significant contributors to America’s history, culture, and character are negligently, or intentionally, overlooked until someone decides it’s worthy enough to mention now.

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