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Phillis Wheatley – First Published African American
Phillis Wheatley’s 1773 Handwritten Poem “Ocean”
William Wells Brown – First Novel by an African American
Paul Laurence Dunbar – Snapshot of the Newlywed Author
Paul Laurence Dunbar – A Fair Copy of His Most Famous Poem “Life”
Countee Cullen – A Fair Copy of His Celebrated Poem “Yet Do I Marvel”
Zora Neale Hurston – Harlem Renaissance Period Writer Whose Ethnographic Work Surprises Us Still
Langston Hughes – Poet Laureate of the Negro Race
James Baldwin – Original Script for Play, The Amen Corner
Amiri Baraka – Script for the Activist’s Award-Winning Play, Dutchman
Alice Walker – Signed First Edition of The Color Purple
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