Sojourner Truth

She was born Isabella Baumfree (Bomefree) a slave in upstate New York circa 1797 and died November 26, 1883. She had 5 children.

Smithsonian magazine named her among the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time.

She escaped to freedom in 1826 with only one of her children.

In 1828 she became the first black woman to win a court case against a white man when she sued to get her son out of slavery.

She changed her name in 1843 and said God wanted her to leave the city to “ . . . [testify] the hope that was in her.”

Dutch was her first language.

Her Ain’t I a Woman? speech was extemporaneous and delivered in 1851 in Akron, Ohio at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention.

In 1850 her memoirs were published: The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave.

In 1858 during a speech she was interrupted and accused of being a man, she opened her blouse and barred her breasts.

She met with Presidents Lincoln and Grant.