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The first novel by an African American. The daughter of freed slaves, she worked for the abolitionist movement. In 1896, she helped found the National Association of Colored Women.
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911)
Novel, Iola Leroy or Shadows Uplifted.
*source: Women's Firsts, Peggy Saari, Tim and Susan Gall, editors. UXL, a Gale Imprint.