Sojourner Truth was an American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York in 1797, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son in 1828, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. She was born Isabelle Baumfree but changed her name to Sojourner Truth in 1843. She gave a speech in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. It has been known as “Aint I A Woman?”  She died in her home in Battle Creek Michigan in 1883.


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