YWCA (the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA)

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YWCA (the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA)


613 Monroe St. Lynchburg, VA

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Detailed History

Please refer to pages 238-239 of Candacy Taylor's book "Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America" for a biography of Phyllis Wheatley. She arrived in Boston in 1761 on a slave ship and was purchased by John Wheatley, whose wife recognized that Phyllis had a unique talent with words and supported her education. The Green Book listed 47 YWCAs and 3 were named after Phyllis Wheatley, the first black female poet published in the U.S. In addition to the 3 YWCAs, 8 hotels listed in The Green Book are also named for her.  

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