28 Days of Black History Month (February 4th)
Sojourner Truth’s story had a slight twist to it, Yes she was born into slavery around 1797. However, she wasn’t enslaved in the south she was actually a northern slave. Born in Ulster County, NY at the age of 9-11 she was sold/auctioned and removed from the farm/plantation where the rest of her family resided. Her price tag was roughly $100 and some sheep. Her birth name was Isabella Baumfree, but everyone called her “Belle”. Slavery in the state of New York ended in 1827, However that was still one year too late for Sojourner. She escaped slavery in 1826 with her infant child.
She changed her name From Isabella Baumfree to Sojourner Truth in 1843. She championed African American and Women’s Rights. She helped recruit Black men to join in the Union Army. Sojourner was a devout Christian woman, she spent the rest of her life spreading the word of Christ. In 1851 Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio and delivered her now Infamous speech “Ain’t i a Woman”
Sojourner Truth was a very strong and prideful woman, after obtaining her freedom she had the fortitude to challenge the “American Slave Code” which allowed for slaves to be brought, sold and auctioned. She did this to get one of her children back, and she won. She fought for the rights of all people not just Blacks and Women, all people. She was so highly respected that President Lincoln met with her personally. She lived until the age of 86 where she peacefully yet painfully passed in her home in Battle creek, Michigan.
Editor’s Note: Sometimes all you need to say is Thank You!