I did not run away; I walked away by day-light
Sojourner Truth is an inspiring person. There is no other way to put it. After she escaped slavery with her infant daughter she fought the system to regain custody of her son and won. Not only that but she continued to campaign as an abolitionist and human right’s activist. This won’t even begin to cover how amazing she is but here are 10 facts about her and her legacy:
- NASA’s first rover on Mars is named Sojourner.
- June 1, 1843 is when she changed her name from Isabella Baumfree to Sojourner Truth and became a Methodist.
- Growing up she spoke only Dutch and didn’t learn English until she was 9 when she was sold to new Masters who only spoke English. They would frequently beat her for miscommunicating.
- In 1851 at the Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio she delivered her famous Ain’t I a Woman speech.
- In 1864 she met Abraham Lincoln
- During the Civil War she worked for the National Freedman’s Relief Association as a counselor to the “freed people.”
- During her lifetime she brought and won three lawsuits – for her son, a slander suit and a personal injury case.
- She was active in helping with relocating former slaves and petitioned the federal government to grant free land to help them settle in the ‘New West’.
- She will appear on the back of the new $10 bill alongside Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul and Lucretia Mott.
- She moved to Battle Creek, Michigan in 1857 and joined the growing abolitionist movement – the Progressive Friends.
You can read The Narrative of Sojourner Truth written by Olive Gilbert online.
Is there a mother you find inspiring? Let me know in the comments 👇