William Wells Brown 1816? - 1884
William Wells Brown (circa 1814 – November 6, 1884) was a prominent African-American abolitionist lecturer, novelist, playwright, and historian in the United States. Born into slavery in Montgomery County, Kentucky, near the town of Mount Sterling, Brown escaped to Ohio in 1834 at the age of 20. He settled in Boston, where he worked for abolitionist causes and became a prolific writer. His novel Clotel (1853), considered the first novel written by an African American, was published in London, where he resided at the time; it was later published in the United States.
- The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave - 1847
- The Anti-Slavery Harp: A Collection of Songs for Anti-Slavery Meetings - 1848
- Clotelle; or, the Colored Heroine, a tale of the Southern States; or, the President's Daughter - 1853
- Three Years in Europe: Places I Have Seen and People I Have Met - 1852
- The Negro in the American Rebellion - 1867