N.H. to Honor First African-American Novelist New Hampshire indentured servant turned novelist Harriet Wilson wrote Our Nig more than a century ago. The work is the first known publication by an African American woman. Now Wilson will become the first person of color in New Hampshire history to have a monument in her likeness.
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N.H. to Honor First African-American Novelist

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Reading from 'Our Nig'

14-year-old Mercy Bell (also the model for the Wilson statue) reads from the pioneering novel:

Excerpt 1: Frado prepares a feast for the arrival of son James.

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Excerpt 2: Frado learns to do chores at the Bellmont household.

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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.

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