14-year-old Mercy Bell (also the model for the Wilson statue) reads from the pioneering novel:
Cover for the Penguin USA version of
New Hampshire indentured servant-turned-novelist Harriet Wilson wrote Our Nig: or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black more than a century ago.
The work is the first known publication by an African American. Wilson will become the first person of color in New Hampshire history to have a monument in her likeness.
The book was first published in 1859 and was re-discovered and published again in the 1980s. Wilson is now considered the mother of the African-American novelist tradition.