Search on for burial site of America’s first published poet

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — Professors and students at a Massachusetts college are trying to find the burial site of America’s first published poet and restore her legacy.

Anne Bradstreet’s book of poetry, “The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America,” was a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic when it was published in 1650, but her legacy has dimmed over time.

Scholars at Merrimack College have a rough idea of where in North Andover she’s buried but plan on using ground-penetrating radar to pinpoint the location.

The group is also developing a walking tour app about Bradstreet’s life so people can trace the footsteps she may have taken around what was then a remote town. And they’re putting together a Bradstreet lesson plan for high school teachers to use in the classroom.

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