A former slave, abolitionist, preacher, & spokesperson for women’s rights & temperance. Making a famous speech that became known as “Ain’t I a Woman?” She found the courage to speak our again slavery & suffrage to make justice among communities; Sojourner Truth showed us the meaning of what truth really is.
Born Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner Truth was one of the most hard-working African American freedom fighters and spokeswoman. In 1797 Sojourner Truth was born a slave in Ulster County , New York (“Bernard” 1). After being sold at age nine, she was owned by Dutch settlers. After her owner died in 1806 she was out up for auction to be carried out as a slave on more land. Sojourner had very many owners who abused her and treated her poorly. When she was thirteen John Dumont purchased her, she worked as a slave for him for the next seventeen years.
While working for John Dumont, Sojourner met another former slave whom she was forced by her owner to marry. Isabella married a fellow slave named Thomas with whom she had five children (“Truth, Sojourner 1797-1883”) Sojourner gave birth to four girls and one boy. Diana was the eldest and daughter best known in Battle Creek.
On June 1, 1843 she left the city taking the name Sojourner Truth a woman called by the spirit to travel the land & Gods truth (“Washington 1”). She believed God had spoken to her & put the Holy Spirit in her. Shortly after that she joined the abolitionist movement, she became an active group member of black abolitionists (“Truth, Sojourner c1797-1883”). Sojourner Truth joined the Northampton Association of Education & Industry located in Florence, Massachusetts. (“Bernard 135”). Sojourner lived in the factory boarding house, and was the leader of the laundry where she oversaw white men and women.
Sojourner went to live with one of the Association's founders, George Benson, who had established a cotton mill. Shortly thereafter, she began dictating her memoirs to Olive Gilbert, another...