Sojourner Truth

Black History Month Profile

Sojourner Truth was an African American evangelist, abolitionist, women’s rights activist, and an author who lived during the Slave era. She was born, Isabella Baumfree in 1797 into the slave life, only to be separated from her family nine years later.

In the year of 1826, she was told by her master, Dumont, that she would be granted her freedom on the July 4th, but once that day had arrived, she denied her freedom, therefore she escaped to New Paltz, New York. A year later, the New York Slavery Law passed, Dumont illegally sold her son, then she filed a lawsuit and became the first black woman to sue and win over a white man in the United State’s court.

In the later years, she devoted herself to Christianity, seeing as that her religious obligation to go speak the truth. She then changed her name to Sojourner Truth in 1843 and began preaching the gospel and speaking out against slavery and oppression. Years passed as she became well known for being a woman and equal rights activist, helping during the Civil War over the course of 40 years.

Truth died on November 26, 1883, at the age of 83. After Truth died, she left behind a legacy of courage, faith, and fight for righteousness and honor.