HARRIET E. WILSON, AUTHOR OF "OUR NIG", MILFORD, NH
First published in 1859, Our Nig: Sketches from the Life of a Free Black by Harriet E. Wilson is considered the first novel published by an African-American woman in the United States, and Wilson is one of the first two black women to publish a novel in any language. Her autobiographical novel describes the story of black Frado, who was indentured by her parents to a white Massachusetts family at age six.
Professor Henry Gates, Jr., a leading scholar of African-American literature working on the Black Periodical Literature Project as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, rediscovered the book in 1981 and republished it in 1983. His research, included in the book’s introduction, documents its place in history and as a classic of African-American literature.