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Ain't I A Woman


Sojourner Truth

Human rights advocate, Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) is best known for her speech, "Ain't I a Woman", at the Women's Rights Convention in 1851. Motivated and fortified by deeply held religious beliefs, she travelled extensively speaking against oppression and serving as a resettlement counselor for the National Freedmen's Relief Association.

"She was tall, thin, and angular with a deep voice, and I remember her always with a turban." described Henry B. Graves, historian.

"She was a big woman and she had a deep voice that could kind of scare you. If she was coming to the house, everyone had to get ready. It was a big event. She was very important," says her mother

Despite her status, Truth remained down-to-earth and enjoyed children.

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