Isabelle Baumfree, also known as Sojourner Truth, was born in New York in 1797. She was born into slavery, and got separated from her family when she was nine. As a child Sojourner was sold several times to different families until she ended up at a farm owned by John and Sally Dumont. She was isolated from other African American families and suffered from physical and sexual abuse. Sojourner used to go into the woods and communicate with Jesus, which gave her strength and confidence to resist the slave owners. Truth is most known for being an abolitionist, minister, ex-slave and Women’s Right Activist.
Sojourner Truth is an important historical figure because she was an abolitionist, promoted women’s rights, worked to end slavery and wrote a book fighting the issue of black slavery liberalism. After she escaped from her masters, she started becoming a preacher. Working as a preacher, she became a powerful speaker on both subjects. Sojourner Truth is most famous for her “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech she delivered in Ohio in 1851. Her speech was a brave and important move to help with women’s rights in the years to come. She also was an important and hard working abolitionist who fought hard for her people.
When Sojourner Truth was working as an abolitionist, she worked with other abolitionists who worked as hard as she did. Two of the people that Sojourner worked with were Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison. They are all important historical figures that are known for how they affected the world at the time and the result of their fight.
Sojourner Truth has a memorial statue in Florence, MA as recognition of how hard she worked. The statue was created in 1992 by a group of citizens from many walks of life. The memorial was made as recognition of the role she played in the history of equality and justice in The United States of America.