Virginia Colony, c. 1621

The first recorded intact African family in seventeenth-century Virginia were three enslaved servants of one Captain Tucker: Antoney, Isabell, and “William theire Child Baptised.”

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Glory Gets (Wesleyan, 2015) and The Age of Phillis (Wesleyan, 2020). Jeffers is the recipient of fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress, among others. A native southerner, she now lives on the prairie where she is Professor of English at University of Oklahoma.

I. Zora Zora (letter one)

I am burnt raw—in machinations where you smile under the brim of your hat.

There were no women with your tongue & your color kicking anthropology & ethnography.

So, I'm calling out to you: Harlem Renaissance, Niggerati, Janie, Tea Cake, Barracoon.

II. Before You (letter...

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