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Sojourner Truth



Sojourner Truth, born Isabella (Belle) Baumfree, c. 1797 – November 26, 1883, was an American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son in 1828, she became the first Black woman to win such a case against a white man.She gave herself the name Sojourner Truth in 1843 after she became convinced that God had called her to leave the city and go into the countryside "testifying the hope that was in her." Her best-known speech was delivered extemporaneously in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. The speech became widely known during the Civil War by the title "Ain't I a Woman?" Well?

This CPH poster printed at the worker-owned and union-run Community Printers, Santa Cruz, CA.

This is #152 in the Celebrate People’s History Poster Series.

Chip Thomas has lived and worked as a primary-care physician on the Navajo Nation since 1987. He sees his public art practice as an extension of his medical work in that both attempt to achieve wellness in the individual and within the community.

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