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CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Sojourner Truth, born Isabella Baumfree; c. 1797 – November 26, 1883)
In 1806 She was sold with a flock of sheep for $100 into slavery. After marriages that were not allowed, children kept by illegally by slave owners, she took it upon herself to go to court to get her son back. She is the first black woman to ever challenge a man in a U.S. court. She won. This did not stop the hardships of being a black woman working in white male households. In 1843 Isbella changed her name to Soujourner Truth and devoted her life to the abolition of slavery. In 1850 she spoke at the first National Women’s Rights Convention in Massachusetts. Besides her abolitionist work, other accomplishments and talks include recruiting black troops for the Union Army, she counseled Abraham Lincoln on her beliefs and her life experience, she worked to desegregate Washington’s street cars and worked to secure land grants from the government for former slaves. She is one of the very first women to advocate for women’s rights. Read more about Soujourner here and here.
You can read her memoirs The Narrative of Soujourner Truth: A Northern Slave in 1850