Sojourner Truth (1797 - November 26, 1883)
Sojourner Truth was a nineteenth-century African American evangelist who embraced abolitionism and Women's Rights. A charismatic speaker, she became one of the best-known abolitionists of her day. Born a slave around 1797 in Ulster County, New York, Isabella Baumfree, as she was originally named, was the second youngest of thirteen children born in Slavery to Elizabeth (called Mau-Mau Bett) and James Bomefree. The other siblings were either sold or given away before her birth. The family was owned by Johannes Hardenbergh, a patron and Revolutionary War patriot, the head of one of the most prominent Dutch families in late eighteenth-century New York. After the colonel’s death, his son Charles Hardenberg inherited hownership of the family’s slaves. Continue . . .