Sojourner Truth, born in slavery around 1797 in New York, became one of the most famous abolitionists of her time!
As a child she had several owners. After 17 years, she escaped with her daughter, and was ultimately aided by a Quaker couple who bought her and then freed her.
Sojourner spent the rest of her life speaking against slavery! A prolific preacher and speaker, she never learned to read.
But that didn’t stop her from learning. Over the years, she made sure people read to her, especially from the Bible.
By the end of the Civil War, she’d not only met with President Lincoln, she had petitioned the government to make western lands available to freed blacks, and made countless speeches in support of African Americans and women.
Sojourner Truth died November 26, 1883—a free woman!