Philis Wheatley was a SLAVE though. NOT a servant and there is a difference. Let’s not falsify and sugarcoat the evil and brutal history of slavery, especially slavery of black people, as just a period of being servants. Philis was a SLAVE. Yes, her OWNERS taught her to read and write and treated her better than most other slaves were treated, but she was still paraded around like an exhibit and part of the reason she got so famous was because of the anomaly of a SLAVE being able to do what was ILLEGAL.