Sojourner Truth

Isabella Baumfree was born into slavery in 1797. Her owners were of Dutch ancestry, and she spoke only Dutch until she was nine, when she was sold to a new owner. She escaped with her baby daughter in 1826. In 1843, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth and told her friends, “The Spirit calls me, and I must go.” She began traveling around the U.S. and preaching about the abolition of slavery. For the rest of her life, she continued to fight for rights for African Americans and women.


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