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SOJOURNER TRUTH

                                        BY Enice Alexander

TABLE OF CONTENT


Introduction......................................................................................................................................................................1

Early life...........................................................................................................................................................................2

Later life...........................................................................................................................................................................3

Achievements .................................................................................................................................................................4

Interesting Facts .............................................................................................................................................................5

Sojourner Truth was born around 1797 on a farm in Swartekill, New York. Her birth name was Isabella Baumfree and she was born a slave. She had at least 10 brothers and sisters, but she didn't get to know all of them. Slave owners would sell children just like property. One day she would be playing with a brother or sister in the yard, the next day they would be gone.

Sojourner was an important leader in the fight to end slavery. Her stories and speeches helped people to understand how immoral slavery was and that it must be stopped. She was in the very first group of women inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame




Sojourner began to work with abolitionists to bring slavery to an end throughout all of the United States. She also believed in women's rights and basic civil rights of all people. Sojourner traveled the country telling people what it was like to be a slave. She was an excellent speaker and when she told her story and explained how slaves were treated, people were moved.


Sojourner Truth died at her home in Battle Creek, Michigan, on November 26, 1883. She is buried alongside her family at Battle Creek's Oak Hill Cemetery.


Sojourner's most famous speech was given at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851. She spoke of slavery, but also of women's rights. Later, the speech was called "Ain't I a Woman", however, most historians agree that it is unlikely that Sojourner used this southern phrase in her speech.

Sojourner was an important leader in the fight to end slavery. Her stories and speeches helped people to understand how immoral slavery was and that it must be stopped. She was in the very first group of women inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame


She changed her name from Isabella Baumfree to Sojourner Truth in 1843.

 During the Civil War she recruited black soldiers to fight for the Union.

 She once met with President Abraham Lincoln and told him the story of her life as a slave.

 The Mars rover built by NASA was named "Sojourner" after her.

 She once said "truth is powerful and it prevails."