Sojourner Truth Statue, Battle Creek, MI
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N 42° 18.975 W 085° 10.792
16T E 649992 N 4686494
Located at the north corner of Monument Park at Main Street and Division Street (M-66). Parking available.
Waymark Code: WM1G0G
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 04/30/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member jcbrad
Views: 139

From the plaque at the memorial:

Sojourner Truth was born as the slave Isabella in New York State about 1797. As a child she spoke only low Dutch and, like most slaves, she never learned to read or write. While she was in bondage, she married Thomas, a fellow slave, and had five children. She was sold to four new owners before walking away to freedom in 1826.

Isabella then settled in New York City until 1843, when she changed her name to Sojourner Truth. Relying on her deep religious faith, she was determined to travel the land as a itinerant preacher, speaking the truth and fighting against injustice. She became a prominent figure in several national social reform movements, working for the abolition of slavery, women’s rights, temperance, prison reform and the rights of former slaves.

Sojourner first came to Battle Creek in 1856 to speak to the Quaker Friends of Human Progress. She moved to the area a year later and lived here for the last twenty-six years of her life. She died on November 26, 1883, and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Sojourner Truth was perhaps the most famous African American woman in 19th century America. For over forty years she was a passionate advocate for the dispossessed, using her quick wit and fearless tongue to fight for human rights. May her legacy live on.
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