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Harriet E. Wilson

AKA Harriet E. Adams

Born: 15-Mar-1825
Birthplace: Milford, NH
Died: 28-Jun-1900
Location of death: Quincy, MA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, MA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial [1]
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Our Nig

The first published black novelist in the Americas. Wilson's Our Nig (1859) languished in obscurity until being rediscovered by historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in 1983.


[1] Wilson was referred to as a mulatto, as her mother was (at least partially) Irish.

Father: Joshua Green
Mother: Margaret Ann Smith
Husband: Thomas Wilson (fugitive slave, m. 6-Oct-1851, one son)
Son: George Mason Wilson (b. 15-Jun-1852, d. 16-Feb-1860 fever)
Husband: John Gallatin Robinson (m. 29-Sep-1870)

    Irish Ancestry Maternal

Author of books:
Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North. Showing That Slavery's Shadows Fall Even There. By "Our Nig." (1859, novel)



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