You'll bloom a rare high-minded man;
Surpassing fair-faced men;
Would God, the Future, hold for you,
The hope it holds for them.
“To a Little Colored Boy”
Priscilla Jane Thompson, 1900
The title page of Ethiope Lays, “Printed and For Sale by The Authoress,” Priscilla Jane Thompson.
Anticipating doubts of authorship because of her race and gender, Priscilla Jane Thompson—the daughter of two runaway slaves—self-publishes her first book of poetry, Ethiope Lays, which includes “To a Little Colored Boy.”