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Sojourner Truth: Celebrate People’s History



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The text around this “Celebrate People’s History” poster reads “Sojourner Truth, born Isabella (Belle) Baumfree, c.1797 – November 26, 1883, was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist.  Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, NY 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 to the hope that was in her.’  Her best known speech was delivered extemporaneously in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, OH.  The speech became widely known during the Civil War by the title ‘Ain’t I a Woman?'”

Below the image of Sojourner Truth is an adapted slave ad from the 1800s.

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